1Bite and work (food) in the mouth with the teeth, especially to make it easier to swallow: he was chewing a mouthful of toast [no object]: he chewed for a moment, then swallowed
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- Baby teeth are important because children need healthy teeth to chew food and to speak.
- People who chew food with their mouths open should be beaten to death with plates.
- Carefully it placed a piece in its mouth, chewed, swallowed, and bared its teeth at them.
1.1Gnaw at (something) persistently, typically as a result of worry or anxiety: he chewed his lip reflectively [no object]: she chewed at a fingernail
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- Ryan brought the pen he was holding to his lip to chew the pen lid, mulling the answer to a question on his revision over.
- Her eyes moved about in worry and she began to chew her bottom lip nervously.
- He chews tobacco though, which probably doesn't play so well with soccer moms.
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1.1Something other than food that is meant for chewing: a dog chew a chew of tobacco
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- She was smacking loudly on a chew of gum as she went to give her son a bear hug and a kiss.
- Besides feasting on goodies such as sausages, dog biscuits and chews, the guests will play games, such as tug the lead, chase the ball and musical dogs.
- He does get the regular assortment of dog treats: greenies, rawhide chews, dog biscuits, etc.
chew the cud
- see cud.
chew the fat (or rag)
- informal Chat in a leisurely way, especially at length.More example sentences
- Oh yeah, the record itself is pretty much a narrative with its own theory, and obviously I love chewing the fat about it.
- But personally, I think the line has been crossed when they pull up a bar stool next to you and start chewing the fat.
- He comes across as your next-door neighbour chewing the fat with you, hoping that things will improve with time.
chew someone out
- North American informal Reprimand someone severely: he chewed me out for being lateMore example sentences
- I was just livid all day long at the way they chewed me out.
- Yeah, I know I'm totally beautiful and could do better - my mother already called me and chewed me out.
- On two separate occasions, people had come up to him in the airport while he was wearing his uniform and just chewed him out about the war.
chew something over
- Discuss or consider something at length: executives met to chew over the company’s futureMore example sentences
- You have the opportunity to read and re-read many times, to chew it over, consider the message, roll it around in your mind, get an impression of what was truly meant.
- The others began to join in the discussion, chewing ideas over.
- As the nation's daily newspaper, we are the forum in which all sides of these big issues are chewed over.
chew something up
- Chew food until it is soft or in small pieces.More example sentences
- This development allowed the animal to breathe at the same time as retaining food in its mouth for longer periods, chewing it up into small pieces for quicker digestion.
- Our school's meals aren't usually as bad as on TV where they're just brownish slop, but near Christmas and Thanksgiving, I do believe I would rather chew my own food up and mix it together myself.
- Sitting next to him at dinner once, I saw him put a large piece of thick salmon skin into his mouth, and chew it up and swallow it.
- Damage or destroy something as if by chewing: the bikes were chewing up the pathsMore example sentences
- It's where your personality is chewed up and spat out and re-presented to you, so the trajectory of you as an individual is taken out of your hands.
- And, as anticipated, the red squirrel population began to decline almost immediately, since its preferred habitat had been chewed up and spat out.
- Even the most amazing things are chewed up and spat out the next week.
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- Many teachers complained to the civic chief that even children of lower classes were consumers of chewable tobacco that comes in sachets.
- The beef has been sufficiently stewed to soften its collagen, making it delectably chewable.
- But real meat, a thick chewable steak or hunk of baby sheep, has never done it for me.
- [usually in combination]: a tobacco-chewerMore example sentences
- This also provides a healthy alternative to tobacco chewers.
- Others reckoned that shops should be made to display notices advising Britain's gum chewers of their responsibilities.
- With smokers and tobacco chewers becoming more desperate, the value of tobacco has exploded.