to damage or destroy (something) by or as by chewing or grinding
(usually passive) slang to cause (a person) to be nervous or worried: he was all chewed up about the interview
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How to use chew up in a sentence
Now I'm not above assigning the occasional hack piece in a class to let my students chew up and spit out.
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.
They wanted me to go off in the woods somewhere 'n' chew up my soul all alone, 'n' I've fooled 'em,—we all have!Notes of an Itinerant Policeman | Josiah Flynt
It will also chew up everything within reach and the traps must be well fastened.Science of Trapping | Elmer Harry Kreps
A neighbor's goat had taken advantage of his absence to chew up a pillowcase and two aprons.Ole Mammy's Torment | Annie Fellows Johnston
De 'bacca worms an' de grasshoppas is a-gwine to chew up all de terbacca befo' men gits a chawnce at it.The Master of Warlock | George Cary Eggleston
In the United States the men chew up and smoke one hundred millions of dollars' worth of tobacco every year.The Wedding Ring | T. De Witt Talmage