1. phrasal verb
If an organization gobbles up
a smaller organization, it takes control of it or destroys
Banc One of Ohio has built an empire in the mid-west by gobbling up smaller banks.
2. phrasal verb
To gobble up
something such as money means to use or waste
The firm's expenses gobbled up 44% of revenues.
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