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chew /tʃu/USA pronunciation v. 
  1. to crush or grind (something) with the teeth: [+ object]She was chewing gum.[no object]Don't chew with your mouth open.
  2. to tear or mangle, as if by chewing: [+ up + object]The sorting machine chewed up the letters.[+ object + up]The machine just chewed them up.
  3. [+ object] to make by or as if by chewing: The puppy chewed a hole in the rug.
  4. to think about; meditate on;
    consider at length: [+ object ( + over)]to chew a problem over in one's mind.[ ~ ( + over) + obj]:The more you chew over this problem, the worse it will seem.[+ on + object]He chewed on it briefly, then spoke up.
  5. chew out, Slang. to scold harshly: [+ out + object]The boss chewed out the sales manager.[+ object + out]She really chewed him out for that.

n. [countable]
  • an act or instance of chewing.
  • something chewed or intended for chewing:a little chew of candy.
  • idiom
    1. Idioms, Informal Termschew the fat or rag ,[Informal.]to converse in a relaxed or aimless manner;

    chew•er,n. [countable]

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    chew /tʃuː/ vb
    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. chew the fat, chew the ragslang to argue over a point
    5. to talk idly; gossip
    1. the act of chewing
    2. something that is chewed
    Etymology: Old English ceowan; related to Old High German kiuwan, Dutch kauwen, Latin gingīva a gum

    ˈchewable adj ˈchewer n

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