verb (used with object), verb (used without object), noun
champ, chomp. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
chomp or chump (tʃɒmp)
1.  to chew (food) noisily; champ
2.  the act or sound of chewing in this manner
[variant of champ1]
chump or chump
[variant of champ1]

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Word Origin & History

c.1645, U.S. and dialectal variant of champ.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang Dictionary


1. To lose; specifically, to chew on something of which more was bitten off than one can. Probably related to gnashing of teeth.
2. To bite the bag; See bagbiter.

A hand gesture commonly accompanies this. To perform it, hold the four fingers together and place the thumb against their tips. Now open and close your hand rapidly to suggest a biting action (much like what Pac-Man does in the classic video game, though this pantomime seems to predate that). The gesture alone means `chomp chomp' (see "Verb Doubling" in the "Jargon Construction" section of the Prependices). The hand may be pointed at the object of complaint, and for real emphasis you can use both hands at once. Doing this to a person is equivalent to saying "You chomper!" If you point the gesture at yourself, it is a humble but humorous admission of some failure. You might do this if someone told you that a program you had written had failed in some surprising way and you felt dumb for not having anticipated it.
Computing Dictionary

chomp definition

To fail.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Example sentences
Great whites have jaws and teeth that are perfect for a powerful chomp on prey ranging from small fish to large marine mammals.
He puts a bit of this into the hives, blocking the bees' entrance so that they
  have to chomp their way through it.
Existing consumers can be relied upon to chomp chocolate and newcomers are
  getting a taste for it.
Carnivorous plants chomp down on insects in unusual ways.
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