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gobble

  
  ( gobbles    3rd person present)   ( gobbling    present participle)   ( gobbled    past tense & past participle  ) If you gobble food, you eat it quickly and greedily.      verb  
Pete gobbled all the beef stew.      V n  
      Gobble down and gobble up mean the same as gobble., phrasal verb  
There were dangerous beasts in the river that might gobble you up.      V n P, Also V P n (not pron)   gobble down  
    gobble   gobble up  
1       phrasal verb   If an organization gobbles up a smaller organization, it takes control of it or destroys it.  
Banc One of Ohio has built an empire in the mid-west by gobbling up smaller banks.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  
2       phrasal verb   To gobble up something such as money means to use or waste a lot of it.  
The firm's expenses gobbled up 44% of revenues.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  
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gobble

  
  
bolt, cram, devour, gorge, gulp, guzzle, pig out on     (U.S. & Canad. slang)   stuff, swallow, wolf  

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