1. a quid of chewing tobacco.
|Disgraced Flunky 1: ‘Well, how much did you get?’ said the Duke. ‘A Shillin’ and a chew,’ said the boy .|
|Three Black Smiths in Darkey Drama 4 29: Got a chew?|
|Log of Commodore Rollingpin 190: Jim [...] a chew of navy took.‘Jim Kane’|
|F&H].Gaol Birds at Large n.p.: A piece as large as a horsebean, called a chew, is regarded as an equivalent for a twelve-ounce loaf and a meat ration [|
|Eve. Star (Wash, DC) 4 Nov. 24/6: His pardner [...] was perishing for a piece of plug [...] the man on the New York end had the chance to go in and lend my man a chew.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 30 Aug. 32/2: The brother [...] sent word asking 23 to send him a ‘chew.’ No. 23 [...] dexterously avoided the eye of Warder Lanigan, and slipped ‘a quarter’ under the gate, knowing that the tobacco-hungry consumptive would be waiting on the other side.|
|Not Understood and Other Poems 64: Old mate, just pass a chew.‘Old Bendigo’ in|
|World of Living Dead (1969) 82: Over the way a ‘trial ’man had tossed a ‘chew’ to a ‘toeragger’.|
|Amer. Negro Folk-Songs 256: [reported from Auburn, AL, 1915–16] n.p.: Hello Captain, / How do you do? / If you got any Battle Axe, [brand of chewing tobacco] / Send me down a chew.|
|You’re in the Racket, Too 188: I hope like hell next time we’re in the nick together I’m fixed as right as rain and you’re starving for a chew.|
|(con. 1960s) Black Gangster (1991) 57: I can get me a chew and play a few numbers.|
|Rope Burns 90: Only thing Daddy spent money on for himself, besides work clothes, was chew.|
2. (US) talk, shouting.
|(con. 1918) Sergeant Eadie 46: ‘What’s all the chew about?’ asked Jake [...] ‘The top kick has been bawling me out,’ said Eadie.|
SE in slang uses
|Dan Turner Detective Mar. [Internet] Then she put the chew on Sid—and he rubbed her out tonight to keep her from blowing the whistle on him.‘Dead Man’s Shakedown’ in|
see swap spit(s) under swap v.