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Idioms about chew

    chew the fat, Informal. to converse at length in a relaxed manner; chat: They liked to sit around chewing the fat.Also chew the rag.

Origin of chew

before 1000; Middle English chewen,Old English cēowan; cognate with Old High German kiuwan (German kauen)

OTHER WORDS FROM chew

chewer, nounun·chewed, adjectivewell-chewed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH chew

chews , choose
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How to use chew in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for chew

chew
/ (tʃuː) /

verb
to work the jaws and teeth in order to grind (food); masticate
to bite repeatedlyshe chewed her nails anxiously
(intr) to use chewing tobacco
chew the fat or chew the rag slang
  1. to argue over a point
  2. to talk idly; gossip
noun
the act of chewing
something that is cheweda chew of tobacco

Derived forms of chew

chewable, adjectivechewer, noun

Word Origin for chew

Old English ceowan; related to Old High German kiuwan, Dutch kauwen, Latin gingīva a gum
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Other Idioms and Phrases with chew

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