Typically produced by a writer not ready for a first novel, they are easy to chew up, digest, and forget about in the morning.
A new fuss over the public option would necessarily return health care to the front-burner and chew up a bunch of time.
He has a tremendous set of teeth, like chisels, but these he never uses except to chew up timber with.
He has even been known to chew up and eat bones, blankets, and leather!
Yet camels seem to rejoice in browsing off these trees, and chew up their thorns without blinking.
You chew up a blizzard for breakfast and throttle a pack of wolves to work up an appetite for dinner.
A very amusing game, indeed, I thought, provided they do not chew up my boots; and I turned to sleep again.
Say, if we told the folks at home that a Mexican alligator tried to chew up an automobile, I wonder what theyd say?
It will also chew up everything within reach and the traps must be well fastened.
Now, they surely must chew up those old stubs, and dry and sell them for smoking-tobacco.
Old English ceowan "to bite, gnaw, chew," from West Germanic *keuwwan (cf. Middle Low German keuwen, Dutch kauwen, Old High German kiuwan, German kauen), from PIE root *gyeu- "to chew" (cf. Old Church Slavonic živo "to chew," Lithuanian žiaunos "jaws," Persian javidan "to chew").
Figurative sense of "to think over" is from late 14c.; to chew the rag "discusss some matter" is from 1885, apparently originally British army slang. Related: Chewed; chewing. To chew (someone) out (1948) probably is military slang from World War II. Chewing gum is by 1843, American English, originally hardened secretions of the spruce tree.
c.1200, "an act of chewing," from chew (v.). Meaning "wad of tobacco chewed at one time" is from 1725; as a kind of chewy candy, by 1906.
: He had big chew in his cheek (1920s+)