eat into - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyeat into
he/she/iteats into
present participleeating into
past tenseate into
past participleeaten into
  1. 1
    eat into something if an activity or cost eats into your time or money, it uses more of it than you intended
  2. 2
    eat into something same as eat away

    The river had eaten into the bank, and part of it had collapsed.

See also main entry: eat