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Consume meal, beginning to end (3)


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'consume' is the definition.
(eating is a kind of consuming)

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(Other definitions for eat that I've seen before include "get stuck in" , "Partake of" , "Bit, chew and swallow" , "and 27: Be humiliated" , "Ingest" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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