1. phrasal verb If something eats into your time or your resources, it uses them, when they should be used for other things. encroach on [V P n] ⇒ Responsibilities at home and work eat into his time. [V P n] ⇒ Wages were rising faster than productivity and this was eating into profits. 2. phrasal verb → eat If a substance such as acid or rust eats into something, it destroys or damages its surface. [V P n] ⇒ Ulcers occur when the stomach's natural acids eat into the lining of the stomach.
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