Is there any idiomatic expression in American English for eating too much? I would especially want to have an expression that could be applied in a situation when the action of excessive eating is taking place at the moment of speaking. For example, if the idiomatic expression is, say, "to expand one's belly" then it could be used this way in the following situation:

Having spent the whole morning looking for Jack, Peter finally gave up and decided to have a cup of coffee at the "Swagger's". As soon as he entered it, he saw Jack sitting inside at one table and consuming probably the third portion of his favorite smoked chicken. "Here you are/he is!" cried Jack with anger. "I've been running everywhere trying to find you/him, but you are/he is sitting here and expanding your/his belly! Very nice!"

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Pigging out and stuffing one's face come to mind:

…he is sitting here and pigging out!

…he is sitting here and stuffing his face!

  • In the context of the asker's quote, "stuffing your face" is perfect.
    – barbecue
    Oct 26, 2014 at 19:36

What about gorging oneself?

"He is sitting here gorging himself!"

  • That's the one I'd have gone for too
    – Joe Taylor
    Feb 24, 2012 at 15:32

Well as far as I know in English:

We eat as a horse. //too much
We eat like a bird. //too little
We are hungry like a bear. //very hungry
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    hmmm, I could be wrong, not being American, but these examples don't seem idiomatic to me. Feb 24, 2012 at 10:12
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    and Duran Duran is hungry like the wolf.
    – Sam
    Feb 24, 2012 at 15:02
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    Eating like a horse is not eating too much. It is eating a lot, yes. But it implies that you are eating to work -- like a horse. Likewise eating like a bird isn't eating too little. It says you're eating sparingly - pecking like a bird - but makes no judgement about whether that's too much. Perhaps you have already eaten. Hungry like a bear is not familiar to me. Maybe it's common in Canada/Alaska where they have bears?
    – slim
    Feb 24, 2012 at 15:30
  • he he +1 @slim . Great explanations. Well I am not quite sure that I am able to see the difference between expression and idiom. Actually if I were in his shoes I would say something like:"If you are stuffing yourself so much we wont need fat turkey next Christmas." :D Not sure that this will be expression either. :P Feb 24, 2012 at 17:12

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