Eating someone out of house and home

What was said? We are eating ourselves out of “house and home” before we go to the grocery store again.

Did someone really say that? Yes, my husband when explaining to friends that we haven’t been to the grocery store in 2 weeks and have so much food in the fridge/freezer!

What does it mean? Basically to go through someone’s food supply/storage so that there is almost nothing left.

Origin: 

The expression is “to eat (someone) out of house and home” is usually accredited to Shakespeare. In Henry IV, Part II (1597) it states: “It is more than for some, my lord; it is for all, all I have. He hath eaten me out of house and home; he hath put all my substance into that fat belly of his…”

However, there in the Thesaurus Linguae Romanae Britannicae (1578) there is a definition for the phrase signifying that Shakespeare only made the phrase famous: “To eate out of house and home: to waste and consume his substance, money etc.”

In general “house and home” refers to someone’s dwelling place and first appeared in print in 1129 in The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

Personally, I thought the use of both terms “house” and “home” was redundant and quite unnecessary, but my research shows that it is intentional to emphasize its meaning.

Here’s to all of you eating yourselves out of house and home, staying in your house and home and being healthy!

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2 responses to “Eating someone out of house and home

  1. Dunia Mounayer

    Love it !! Thanks for sharing 😘

  2. James Heike

    This post made me hungry! Time for a snack run…

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