Interesting how many Chinese idioms are based on the verb "to eat":
sushanJuly 14, 2009, 02:15 AM
This is a neat list, thanks. There is also 吃苦, which I am seeing on many job advertisements lately. I think it means work hard.
Though I don't think it's as suprising to foreigners as this person seems to think. After all, we have tons of such expressions in English as well - eat dirt, eat crow, eat one's words, have your cake and eat it, food for thought, meal ticket, etc