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chewing tobacco

tobacco, in the form of a plug, usually flavored, for chewing rather than smoking.
Origin of chewing tobacco
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • chewing tobacco also appears to me to have fewer votaries than formerly.

  • This steel-hearted man was chewing tobacco to hide any concern he might feel.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • Jake was smoking now, having changed off from chewing tobacco after supper.

    Neighbours Robert Stead
  • Of true Puritan abstemiousness, his only indulgence was chewing tobacco.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • All cigar leaf tobacco is sun-cured, and as a general rule pipe smoking and chewing tobacco are cured by artificial heat.

    Tobacco Leaves W. A. Brennan
  • I recall that our chewing tobacco made a great hit with them.

    With the Doughboy in France Edward Hungerford
  • I began to chew as if I were chewing tobacco, and the lump rose in my throat and wouldn't go up nor down.

  • Well, he came into the house this morning, and what do you think—he was chewing tobacco.

  • The inhabitants of Ceylon have the same enjoyment in it as Europeans have in chewing tobacco.

  • When you are chewing gum, you look as if you were chewing tobacco.

    Applied Physiology Frank Overton

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