On State of the Union, Powell says Obama may be biting off a bit more than he can chew.
It's a succulent leaf, thicker than spinach, but when you chew and eat it, it tastes identical to a raw oyster.
They chew this thing, a real thing, they do this until they foam at the mouth.
“I think we bit off more than we could chew,” he told the FBI.
A new fuss over the public option would necessarily return health care to the front-burner and chew up a bunch of time.
If you shay it different, I'll chew your head like an apple caught in the crack of a door.
You mean that she did not—did not find your friend Bob something to chew upon?
At first, most persons dislike to chew it, but use soon renders it far from disagreeable.
He took a chew of tobacco and prepared to give his best attention.
How should she know that it was unable to chew, and was in the habit of swallowing buttons, beads, and other small articles whole?
Old English ceowan "to bite, gnaw, chew," from West Germanic *keuwwan (cf. Middle Low German keuwen, Dutch kauwen, Old High German kiuwan, German kauen), from PIE root *gyeu- "to chew" (cf. Old Church Slavonic živo "to chew," Lithuanian žiaunos "jaws," Persian javidan "to chew").
Figurative sense of "to think over" is from late 14c.; to chew the rag "discusss some matter" is from 1885, apparently originally British army slang. Related: Chewed; chewing. To chew (someone) out (1948) probably is military slang from World War II. Chewing gum is by 1843, American English, originally hardened secretions of the spruce tree.
c.1200, "an act of chewing," from chew (v.). Meaning "wad of tobacco chewed at one time" is from 1725; as a kind of chewy candy, by 1906.
: He had big chew in his cheek (1920s+)