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chew

[choo] /tʃu/
verb (used with object)
1.
to crush or grind with the teeth; masticate.
2.
to crush, damage, injure, etc., as if by chewing (often followed by up):
The faulty paper feeder chewed the letters up.
3.
to make by or as if by chewing:
The puppy chewed a hole in my slipper.
4.
to meditate on; consider deliberately (often followed by over):
He chewed the problem over in his mind.
verb (used without object)
5.
to perform the act of crushing or grinding with the teeth.
6.
Informal. to chew tobacco.
7.
to meditate.
noun
8.
an act or instance of chewing.
9.
something chewed or intended for chewing:
a chew of tobacco; taffy chews.
Verb phrases
10.
chew out, Slang. to scold harshly:
The sergeant chewed out the recruits.
Idioms
11.
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
1000
before 1000; Middle English chewen, Old English cēowan; cognate with Old High German kiuwan (German kauen)
Related forms
chewer, noun
unchewed, adjective
well-chewed, adjective
Can be confused
chews, choose.
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Examples from the Web for chew out
Historical Examples
  • chew out an explanation, my friend, or you're liable to get spoiled.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • "They lost the vein here and had to chew out some rock to find it again," Rick pointed out.

    The Blue Ghost Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • With the pliers he tore at the side of the box and managed to chew out a piece of the thin aluminum.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for chew out

chew out

verb
1.
(transitive, adverb) (informal, mainly US & Canadian) to reprimand

chew

/tʃuː/
verb
1.
to work the jaws and teeth in order to grind (food); masticate
2.
to bite repeatedly: she chewed her nails anxiously
3.
(intransitive) to use chewing tobacco
4.
(slang) chew the fat, chew the rag
  1. to argue over a point
  2. to talk idly; gossip
noun
5.
the act of chewing
6.
something that is chewed: a chew of tobacco
Derived Forms
chewable, adjective
chewer, noun
Word Origin
Old English ceowan; related to Old High German kiuwan, Dutch kauwen, Latin gingīva a gum
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Word Origin and History for chew out

chew

v.

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.

n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for chew out

chew

noun

: He had big chew in his cheek (1920s+)

verb

  1. To chew tobacco (1930s+)
  2. To eat (1890+)
  3. (also chew over) To talk; converse; discuss; jaw: We got together to chew about the election/ Drop up and chew it over (1890s+)
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Idioms and Phrases with chew out

chew out

Scold harshly, as in Dad will chew you out for taking the car without permission . Originating in the military, this slangy term began to be used during World War I and soon spread to civilian life. Several vulgar versions, such as chew someone's ass out , should be avoided in polite speech. Also see eat out , def. 2.
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