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Difference between “Eat someone out” and “Eat someone out of house and home”

eat someone out—(coll., also: eat someone alive) rebuke or criticize a person severely:

  • I learned some supervisory skills since one time our captain came in and started eating me out for a maintenance problem.

eat someone out of house and homesaid humorously of people or animals that eat a lot of food in smb.’s home (thus ruining the person):

  • “Looks like the party is in full swing.” “Yeah. And they’re eating me out of house and home.”