Idioms

    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)
Related formschew·er, nounun·chewed, adjectivewell-chewed, adjective
Can be confusedchews choose
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British Dictionary definitions for chew up (1 of 2)

chew up


verb (tr, adverb)

to damage or destroy (something) by or as by chewing or grinding
(usually passive) slang to cause (a person) to be nervous or worriedhe was all chewed up about the interview

British Dictionary definitions for chew up (2 of 2)

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 Formschewable, 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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Idioms and Phrases with chew up

chew


In addition to the idioms beginning with chew

  • chew out
  • chew the cud
  • chew the fat

also see:

  • bite off more than one can chew
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