What do you say when people ate the food you cooked until nothing is left?

The corn soup that I made is…

or is there any other expression or sentence form to say for this situation?

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    We have an idiom for "ate everything": licked the platter clean. I don't have an adverb for you though. Dec 19, 2022 at 5:12
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    If you're looking for a word to describe food (or another noun), you want an adjective not an adverb. Certainly "The corn soup that I made is ..." seems to require an adjective.
    – Stuart F
    Dec 19, 2022 at 11:29
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    In that context, I'd use a verb, not an adverb: "The soup was devoured." Dec 19, 2022 at 11:45
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    How about "gone"?
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 19, 2022 at 13:35
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    "ate the food you cooked". The past ate must be matched by the past cooked. Dec 19, 2022 at 19:25

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A common phrase is polish off:

polish off, tr. v.: to eat or drink something until it is finished

As in:

My guests polished off the corn soup I made.


One expression for guests who eat all your food is “They ate me out of house and home.”


In your sentence, “The corn soup that I made is ___” gone would fit. You could also say that the corn soup has been demolished.

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    "They ate me out of house and home" is not really suitable here, because it's negative, and it really refers to the expense rather than the food.
    – Marthaª
    Dec 19, 2022 at 18:32
  • Idiomatically,  one could say “all gone”. Dec 20, 2022 at 11:40
  • The poster does not indicate whether the event is pleasing or not. so there can be no answer that’s more appropriate than another.
    – Xanne
    Dec 20, 2022 at 22:42

In the specified sentence, I believe the best option would be either:

The corn soup that I made is gone.


The corn soup that I made is finished.

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    "Gone" was already suggested by Xanne.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Dec 19, 2022 at 11:52

Do you think eaten up might work?

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    I am really surprised that nobody suggested this sooner. Dec 19, 2022 at 21:10

An idiom that I'm certainly familiar with is ' ... lick/ed the pattern off the plate.'

There are quite a few examples of this hyperbolic (obviously non-literal!) usage on the internet (the verb used may be 'scrape', 'take' ... and an 'almost' may be included); the expression, though not overly common, has a clear meaning. It is used for a single meal (or course). The Jerry Lewis song 'I'm a Little Busybody' {written by Ceon Pober in 1950} [MadMusic; last verse], containing the lyrics

  • ' ... you lick the pattern off the plate and then you plead for more to eat'

doubtless popularised the usage.

Another example is ['Sunflowers' by Jassmine James; 2015 {Google Books}]:

  • 'He thoroughly enjoyed it and nearly licked the pattern off the plate.'

Finish off is quite common:

If you finish off something that you have been eating or drinking, you eat or drink the last part of it with the result that there is none left.


I suggest the phrasal verb gobble up (or gobble sth. up, sometimes with the preposition down).

The corn soup that I made was gobbled up (by people/guests).

People gobbled up the corn soup I made.

Here is an example in the wild:

However, by the time all the shawarmas were served, every other dish in the hotel too was gobbled up by guests. - onmanorama.com

The definition from Longman:

gobble sth↔ up phrasal verb informal

3 to eat something very quickly, especially in an impolite or greedy way
We gobbled up all of the cake in one evening.


If you are wishing to express that the dish was well liked, you could use a big hit

Something that is especially successful or positively received.

or a home run.

something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal;

Since soup is kind of like something you drink, you may consider the famous coffee slogan good to the last drop,

Of a beverage, especially a cup of coffee, having an excellent taste from beginning to end. Typically associated with coffee because of the brand Maxwell House using "Good to the last drop" as its slogan.

anecdotally credited to Theodore Roosevelt.

One story has it that the president was asked if he wanted another cup, to which he answered, “Will I have another? Delighted! It’s good to the last drop.”
Eric Troy and CulinaryLore

So, in your sentence:

The corn soup that I made was a big hit!
The corn soup that I made was a home run!
The corn soup that I made was good to the last drop!

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