Eat up/ Eat off

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Dibya

Senior Member
Bengali
Hi everyone, which one is correct?
1) Getting her married off has eaten up all his savings.
2) Getting her married off has eaten off all his savings.
Thanks a lot.
 
  • Hildy1

    Senior Member
    English - US and Canada
    To "eat off" would be to remove something off of something else by eating it. The bear ate off his arm. It removed his arm by using its teeth.
    This is not to be confused with another meaning of "eat off".
    - The ferocious bear ate off the tourist's arm. (The bear ate the arm.)
    - The polite bear ate off the tourist's plate. (The bear ate food that was on the plate.)
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Ok thanks a lot. Then my first sentence is correct, right?
    It's informal,. but grammatically correct. Culturally, it would not be used in most of the English-speaking world, where we don't look at girls as something to be rid of. (which is what "married off" implies.)
     

    Dibya

    Senior Member
    Bengali
    Th
    Than a lotksnkanha
    It's informal,. but grammatically correct. Culturally, it would not be used in most of the English-speaking world, where we don't look at girls as something to be rid of. (which is what "married off" implies.)
     
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