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“She ate", “he ate”, or “they ate” is a slang phrase used to express admiration and praise for someone who has done a great job at something. 

What does Ate mean?

She/he/they ate is a slang term often used in the context of fashion, music, or performance, but can be used in a variety of other contexts as well. The phrase "she ate" means doing it with style. When someone “eats” it means they’ve done something impressively.

Where did the phrase Ate come from?

The origin of the phrase "she ate" in its modern slang usage is believed to have emerged in the African American and LGBTQ+ communities in the 2000s.

At the time, "she ate" was used as a term of admiration and praise for a woman who was performing exceptionally well in a drag show, dance competition, or other performance. The term was likely popularized in the ballroom scene, which was a subculture that celebrated and showcased LGBTQ+ performers, particularly Black and Latinx individuals.

The use of " ate" has since expanded beyond the ballroom scene and is now used more broadly in popular culture and social media. It has become a positive and empowering phrase that can be used in a variety of contexts to express admiration and praise for someone or something that is doing exceptionally well.


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