scarf (up/down)

to devour greedily and completely, eat and/or drink voraciously. Perhaps a humorous alternative, tinged with ono-matopoeia, of scoff, the term originated in the USA where it was adopted by ado-lescents from 'low-life' milieus in the 1960s. ('Scarf out' is another derivative; a synonym of pig out.)
► 'Harvey watched Joan scarfing down Mi-lanos, biting them in half with her even teeth.' (The Serial, Cyra McFadden, 1976)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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