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 for To eat the wind out of a vessel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Eat \Eat\ ([=e]t), v. t. [imp. Ate ([=a]t; 277), Obsolescent &
     Colloq. Eat ([e^]t); p. p. Eaten ([=e]t"'n), Obs. or
     Colloq. Eat ([e^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. Eating.] [OE. eten,
     AS. etan; akin to OS. etan, OFries. eta, D. eten, OHG. ezzan,
     G. essen, Icel. eta, Sw. [aum]ta, Dan. [ae]de, Goth. itan,
     Ir. & Gael. ith, W. ysu, L. edere, Gr. 'e`dein, Skr. ad.
     [root]6. Cf. Etch, Fret to rub, Edible.]
     1. To chew and swallow as food; to devour; -- said especially
        of food not liquid; as, to eat bread. "To eat grass as
        oxen." --Dan. iv. 25.
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              They . . . ate the sacrifices of the dead. --Ps.
                                                    cvi. 28.
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              The lean . . . did eat up the first seven fat kine.
                                                    --Gen. xli.
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              The lion had not eaten the carcass.   --1 Kings
                                                    xiii. 28.
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              With stories told of many a feat,
              How fairy Mab the junkets eat.        --Milton.
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              The island princes overbold
              Have eat our substance.               --Tennyson.
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              His wretched estate is eaten up with mortgages.
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     2. To corrode, as metal, by rust; to consume the flesh, as a
        cancer; to waste or wear away; to destroy gradually; to
        cause to disappear.
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     To eat humble pie. See under Humble.
     To eat of (partitive use). "Eat of the bread that can not
        waste." --Keble.
     To eat one's words, to retract what one has said. (See the
        Citation under Blurt.)
     To eat out, to consume completely. "Eat out the heart and
        comfort of it." --Tillotson.
     To eat the wind out of a vessel (Naut.), to gain slowly to
        windward of her.
     Syn: To consume; devour; gnaw; corrode.
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