I sometimes sit there chewing a phrase like a cow with cud a while before going on.
He's lost his cud, an' he won't be right well till he finds it ag'in.
Among these the sheep graze, the donkeys bray, and the cows chew the cud.
He will sit for hours over a stove, with his cigar in his mouth and his hat over his eyes, chewing the cud of reflection.
Chew you the cud of that until the hangman's coming in the morning.
If there be aught of memory in him, let him sit and chew the cud thereof.
Brenton chewed the end of his cigar, as if it had been the cud of his spiritual discontent.
This was just what she wanted, for she longed to chew her cud again.
The majority of them, as dark set in, laid down to sleep or to chew their cud.
How cud I ha' believed her sworn oath—me that have bruk mine again an' again for the sport av seein' thim cry.
Old English cudu "cud," earlier cwudu, common Germanic (cf. Old Norse kvaða "resin," Old High German quiti "glue," German Kitt "putty"); perhaps from PIE root *gwet- "resin, gum."