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chew Idioms & Phrases


chew out

  • verb censure severely or angrily
    call on the carpet; rag; dress down; remonstrate; chew out; take to task; call down; jaw; lambast; trounce; scold; chide; berate; have words; rebuke; reprimand; reproof; lecture; bawl out; lambaste.
    • The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car
    • The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
    • The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup
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chew over

  • verb reflect deeply on a subject
    ponder; ruminate; mull; muse; think over; reflect; contemplate; meditate; mull over; excogitate; speculate.
    • I mulled over the events of the afternoon
    • philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
    • The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate
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chew the fat

  • verb talk socially without exchanging too much information
    shoot the breeze; chit-chat; confab; chitchat; jaw; claver; visit; chaffer; chat; natter; gossip; chatter; confabulate.
    • the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze
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chew up

  • verb censure severely or angrily
    call on the carpet; rag; dress down; remonstrate; chew out; take to task; call down; jaw; lambast; trounce; scold; chide; berate; have words; rebuke; reprimand; reproof; lecture; bawl out; lambaste.
    • The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car
    • The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
    • The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup
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chewing gum

  • noun a preparation (usually made of sweetened chicle) for chewing
    gum.
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chewing out

  • noun a severe scolding
    going-over; dressing down; upbraiding; castigation; earful; bawling out.
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To chew the cud

  • to chew the food ocer again, as a cow; to ruminate; hence, to meditate.
  • to ruminate; to meditate; used with of; as, to chew the cud of bitter memories.
Webster 1913