eat shit v.
1. to humble oneself, usu. to attain a desired goal.
|Erections, Ejaculations etc. 53: When a man gets old enough, trapped enough [...] he’ll suck dick, tit, eat shit to stay alive.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 99: We were comrades, we did it together; we ate shit, but we ate shit together.|
|Life and Times of Little Richard 124: Jimi just idolizes Richard. He would eat ten yards of shit to join his band.|
|London Fields 392: Keith rang Mrs O. the next day on his carfone and ate shit in his poshest voice.|
|Guardian Guide 25 Sept.–1 Oct. 25: Could he [...] be telling us all to go eat shit?|
|Guardian Rev. 9 June 7: They would have to eat shit and people in this industry aren’t used to doing that.|
2. to be utterly contemptible.
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 149: Late tails ate shit. Wayne hated them.|
3. to suffer and accept humiliation.
|in War Paint 166: [aircraft nose art] Tojo, Eat Shit.|
|Sel. Letters (1981) 844: But all that is just the usual ton of shit that we were born to eat.letter 23 Dec. in Baker|
|Addict in the Street (1966) 67: I just controlled myself because this man deals; I said to myself, I don’t want to get in bad with him, I can’t afford to. I have to eat shit, in other words, off of him.|
|On the Yard (2002) 165: Juleson [...] felt his anger stir. He wasn’t there to eat their shit.|
|Black Short Story Anthol. (1972) 71: No more copping out and eating shit.‘Dandy’ in King|
|Day of the Dog 86: I don’t like you [...] I’m going to take you down to Central and make you eat shit.|
|Mating Birds 75: Bloody liar, I’ll make you eat your kaffer shit!|
|Permanent Midnight 78: He was paid to eat shit.|
|Guardian Weekend 12 Oct. 78/1: ‘We are British, we eat shit’.|