1. (orig. US) to eat.
|Wah-to-yah, and the Taos Trail 52: Cutting a piece of dried ‘buffler’ to ‘chew’ I [...] fell asleep.|
|‘The Amer. Tramp’ in Contemp. Rev. Aug. 2: Now there’s Schenectady. You can chew all right there [...] I had heard Buffalo was a good chewing town.|
|Sandburrs 112: I’m goin’ to chew, come wit’ me an’ feed your face. D’ treat’s on me.‘The Rat’ in|
|Gay-cat 301: Chew—to eat.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 50: Chew. – To eat. [...] Chewins. – Food, that which is chewed.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Scrambled Yeggs 62: I chewed long and vigorously on a half-inch steak.|
|‘Weekend’ unpub. thesis in Hewitt (2000) 133: It was always amusing to see the boys trouping off down to the toilets with their cokes to chew their pills.|
|It Was An Accident 101: So we sat down again and we sipped and we chewed.|
2. (US, also chew one’s cabbage, ...yap) to talk.
|George’s Mother (2001) 124: Say, Kel, hear what this mug is chewin’?|
|Landloper 33: ‘I don’t know what you are chewing about,’ sneered the fat man.|
|Rocket to the Moon III i: Let us chew some brass tacks.|
|End as a Man (1952) 108: That god-damned old ... let him come around here and chew his yap at me.|
|(con. 1936–46) Winged Seeds (1984) 241: They liked to chew over the news in the morning newspaper.|
|in Sweet Daddy 142: I made with a lot of words. We’ve done a lot of chewing, Doc.|
|Who is Teddy Villanova? 10: ‘I need only hear it once.’ ‘Well, you better,’ said he [...] ‘because I ain’t gonna chew my cabbage twice.’.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 45: chew To talk. Often referring to a lengthy discussion of some issue, when people chew it over. From c.1920, ANZ.|
3. (US) to argue, to protest.
|N.Y. Press 9 Dec. in Stallman (1966) 112: ‘What’s de little Dago chewin’ about?’ ‘He wants t’ scrap!’.in|
|Serenade to the Big Bird 47: Major McPartlin had on his squadron CO look, ready to start chewing.|
|(con. 1910s) Pedlocks (1971) 217: Don’t chew at me, Bella. Get dressed.|
|Doom Pussy 152: The visiting colonel got upset [...] and chewed a little.|
|Campus Sl. Nov.|
4. (Aus./US black) to abuse, to attack verbally or physically.
|Sport (Adelaide) 7 Mar. 5/2: They Say [...] That Ras. T. didn’t half chew some of the non-marchers on Saturday night.|
|Far from the Customary Skies 64: I ain’t gonna let that bastard chew me.|
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 21: A Highway Patrol Captain showed up and chewed those bastards good for ‘creating a hazard’.|
|Totally True Diaries of an Eighties Roller Queen [Internet] 28 Sept. Today I went to a bush party. Heather was being a real bitch. She started chewing at me as soon as I started to get drunk. Nice. I was joking around and she started to get on my case.|
5. to stop, to ‘swallow’.
|Moleskin Joe 53: Chew them long words, Carroty! [...] Speak good English like me. Were you spliced, or weren’t you?|
6. (US) to fellate.
|‘Rosie’s Beau in “Oh-Oh” IX’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 17: Then he took out his thing and made her get down and chew on it.|
|Guardian CiF 20 Nov. [Internet] I’m just recovering from a stag do in Birmingham. The highlight was getting chewed off by some Eastern European in a lap dance establishment.|
7. to pressurize, to harass.
|Dan Turner – Hollywood Detective May [Internet] Tell me, was Michaelson chewing you for blackmail dough?‘Dissolve Shot’|
8. to perfom cunnilingus.
|in Limerick (1953) 87: After chewing a gal’s cunt / He’d give a loud grunt / And try to bite off her two teats.|
|Semi-Tough 37: Try to recall the color of the wool you’re chewing.|
9. in fig. use of sense 1, to annoy, to ‘eat’.
|Teen-Age Mafia 124: What’s chewin’ you, man?|
10. (US campus) to be bad, to be disappointing.
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] chew v 1. to be of poor quality, displeasing. (‘That movie really chewed.’).|
SE in slang uses
(W.I.) thin, tasteless soup.
|cited in Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).|
(US) to cheat financially.
|Naked on Roller Skates 148: Semitic vultures allow themselves to be ‘chewed down’ from forty to twenty dollars for a suit worth five dollars and sixty cents.|
|Old Bunch (1946) 557: Me, maybe, you can chew down, you old ganef.|
|Under a Flare 59: Paul chewed him down to 150 p. Not bad for a beginner [HDAS].|
(US) to destroy completely, to annihilate.
|Times (Owosso, MI) 5 Jan. 7/2: The Wolf come down [...] when the Gooose sprang upon him and chewed him into dish-cloths.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
to discuss, to consider, to ponder.
|Man of the World Act IV: Come away Counsellor Plausible—come away, I say—let them chew upon it—let them chew upon it.|
|Nature and Human Nature II 229: Take your pencil now, and write down a few facts I will give you, and when you are alone meditating, just chew on ’em.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 9 May 5/3: We invite the Gospel authorities to chew the matter over for a day or two. None, but professional ruffians of the deepest dye would, on leaving gaol, consent to reside in a place so labelled.|
|Seth’s Brother’s Wife 112: What are they chewing on to-night? [...] the Sigel racket?|
|Bucky O’Connor (1910) 148: I’ll tell you nothing [...] Chew on that a while, governor and see how it tastes.|
|DN IV i 10: chew, v. To study with great concentration for some time. ‘He chewed the lesson for four hours.’.‘A Word-List From Minnesota’ in|
|Shorty McCabe on the Job 83: I’ve chewed it over some; but I ain’t quite made up my mind.|
|White Moll 176: He chewed it over with his wife, an’ she was for it too.|
|Passage 29: When I rattle on about things I’ve been chewing over, you’re silent as an owl.|
|Put on the Spot 146: We’ve been chewing it over down in the hut.|
|Gang War 22: I got a slant at ’er eyes once or twice when the men were chowin’ matters over.|
|Jimmy Brockett 47: I was chewing this over as I walked along the street.|
|Long Wait (1954) 72: It was something I could chew on while a cab hauled me down to the station.|
|(con. 1940s) Dark Sea Running 189: We didn’t need no two-bit philosophers to chew on it.|
|Jeeves in the Offing 162: He paused at this point, to let us chew it over.|
|Union Dues (1978) 309: They rush into each other’s arms and start chewin over old times.|
|Glitter Dome (1982) 40: Captain Woofer gave them his craftiest look and chewed on his pipestem, letting the two detectives chew on the remark.|
|Rivethead (1992) 174: I could see two men wearing very solemn expressions as they chewed it over with my boss.|
|Kid 74: It needed no chewing over.‘Revision Exercise with Textbook Examples’ in|
(US) to be shot to death.
|Flaming Feud 54: Mebbe they hanker to chew lead [HDAS].|
|shopping.yahoo.com [Internet] As the one-handed Ash, players can whack enemies [...] and make them chew lead with the boomstick, a 12-gauge double-barreled shotgun.|
(US campus) to be enraged.
|Campus Sl. Nov. 1: chew nails – to be extremely angry: I’m so mad I could chew nails.|
|Stand (1990) 236: He looked mad enough to chew nails and spit out.|
1. (Aus./US, also chew it and spew it) a cheap restaurant.
|‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxii 6/1: a chew it and spew it: A very cheap sleazy cafe.|
|Cop It Sweet! 22: CHEW AND SPEW: Cheap cafe.|
|Up the Cross 113: The Hasty Tasty food emporium (which was sometimes called The Chew ’n’ Spew).(con. 1959)|
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 23: Cew [sic] it and Spew it Cheap restaurant.|
|asstr.org [Internet] Trish, tired by an evening’s hard work at the chew and spew, doffed her apron and donned her jacket.‘Beat!’ at|
|Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 60: First of all Sylvia The Swooper [...] worked in the Hasty Tasty Hamburger Bar and Restaurant which was sometimes aptly referred to by the Cross desperates as the ‘Chew ‘n’ Spew’.|
|(con. 1950s) in Get Rich Quick (2004) 14: I stopped for breakfast at a chew and spew.|
2. (Aus. prison) any ready-cooked meal, e.g. hamburgers, fish and chips.
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 75: chew and spew Chinese take-away food which proves not particularly palatable; more generally, any food [...] which is not particularly palatable; food which (literally or metaphorically) makes one vomit.|
3. (Aus. prison) prison food.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Chew ’n’ spew. 1. Prison food.|
4. (Aus. prison) prison officers.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] Chew ’n’ spew. 2. Prison officers.|
1. (US) to nag, to pester, to irritate.
|Disinherited 109: What’s chewin’ on you?|
|Rockabilly (1963) 71: You keep chewin’ on me bitch, I’m gonna climb your frame.|
|Come Monday Morning 23: She always used proper English like that, particularly when she had something to chew on him about.|
|Sl. U. 57: My boyfriend always chews on me when I go out without him.|
2. see chew (it) over
to be anxious or upset.
|AS XIV:2 90: John’s chewing his bits.‘The Language of the Tennessee Mountain Regions’ in|
see sense 2 above.
see separate entry.
(US) to rely on oneself.
|DARE].Piney Woods Tavern 59: It’s allers best for every man to chaw his own tobackker [|
|DARE].Country Life 202: Chew your own tobacco. Hold your head up. Look the sun in the face [|
|New Dict. Americanisms 108: Chew (to) one’s own meat. To attend to one’s own business; to do a thing oneself.|
1. (US) to be mean, to be tight-fisted.
|AS II:8 350: Chaw one’s tobacco twice. [...] To be stingy. ‘Mr. Thompson does not buy much tobacco, because he always chaws it twice.’.‘Dialect Words and Phrases from West-Central West Virginia’ in|
2. to ponder an action or opinion before committing oneself.
|AS II:8 350: Chaw one’s tobacco twice. [...] to consider for a long time before acting. ‘He will chaw tobacco twice on that proposition.’.‘Dialect Words and Phrases from West-Central West Virginia’ in|
see sense 2 above.
1. (orig. US milit.) to tell off, to berate, to criticize severely; thus ass-chewing, a severe scolding.
|(con. 1917) Canvas Falcons (1970) 280: H.Q. is chewing out my arse why we’re not flying right now.‘A Flier’s War’ in Longstreet|
|Winged Victory I x: He just chews your can off.|
|letter 30 Apr. in Selected Letters (2014) 17: When you are bawled out by a sergeant or officer [...] it is called ‘getting your ass chewed out’.|
|in Derelicts of Company K (1978) 104: As one man commented [...] ‘It’s tough enough to be a Boochie without having some sergeant chewing your ass all the time.’.|
|Twelve O’clock High! (1975) 194: That iron-assed general has been chewing their tails.|
|Men from the Boys (1967) 84: Downtown just chewed my end out again.|
|(con. 1945) Spearhead 70: I told you Hinky-Dink’d chew your ass if you didn’t give him the word.|
|(con. WWII) Deathmakers 287: The Colonel might [...] come up to him and chew his ass for not moving the column fast enough.|
|Mainside 26: Got my ass chewed out.|
|Riot (1967) 59: I’ll probably get my tail chewed for spoutin’ off.|
|Instant Replay 124: He chewed my butt.|
|Stand (1990) 219: He’ll have you on the carpet and he’ll chew your ass to a bloody rag.|
|Gardens of Stone (1985) 8: Lieutenant Webber chews my ass; I chew your ass.|
|Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 265: He slammed the door, which was something he did only when he was about to give one of his cops a royal ass chewing.|
|Rivethead (1992) 111: It was perfectly fine for a foreman [...] to chew on your ass about some minor detail.|
|Keepers of Truth 3: Sam Perkins [...] took me back into his office and chewed my ass real good.|
2. to attack physically.
|(con. 1967) Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 106: You can’t expect to just turn a killer on and off [...] He’s not going to be able to chew ass one minute and sit quietly [...] the next.|
see bite (on) the bridle under bite v.
see separate entry.
see chew up v. (1)
(US) to reprimand severely.
|Broken 150: if Lubesnick did send him, he’s going to chew Schneider a new one.‘The San Diego Zoo’ in|
to reprimand severely.
|Mint (1955) 161: Old Stiffy’s hopping mad [...] Chewed my fucking balls off, something cruel.|
|They Drive by Night 115: ‘You better arst the sergeant.’ ‘He’ll chew my nackers off.’.|
|(con. 1930s) Muvver Tongue 34: ‘A ballocking’ is the standard term for a telling-off. It started life as ‘chew (someone’s) ballocks off’.|
|Soho 151: Chewed my bollox off. Said I wasn’t paid to sit around in Soho clubs getting pissed all day.|
see separate entry.
(US campus) to kiss.
|Farewell, My Lovely (1949) 210: The three couples began to chew each other’s faces as soon as we left the shore.|
|Playback 59: He chewed her face some more.|
|Official Preppie Hbk.|
|Van (1998) 596: Bimbo and Anne Marie were chewing the faces off each other.|
see tear someone up for arse-paper v.
see under beef n.2
(US) to converse, to talk something over.
|(con. 1945) Spearhead 25: I wanted to see you too, Lawrence, so I could line your face up with your voice when we got to chewing the boot on the radio.|
see separate entries.
(US campus) to vomit.
|Sl. U. 57: You’re looking pretty green there. Are you sure you’re not going to chew the cheese.|
see separate entry.
see separate entry.
see eat (the) fish under fish n.1
to talk something over.
to chatter foolishly, to talk nonsense.
|Patriot Game (1985) 156: You’re an intelligent man. And there you sit, chewing the Irish bubblegum with a couple of airheaded, tittering matrons.|
see separate entry.
1. to gossip, to chatter.
|Mr Dooley’s Chicago (1977) 43: They sat there ’n chewed the rug for near an hour.in Schaaf|
|Amer. Graffiti 18: Nothing I like better than chewing the rug with a pal [HDAS].|
|Chronos Chronicles [Internet] Y’all wanna chew the rug about death and quantum wave fuctions [sic] while I get some duct tape to help Scrhoedinger’s cat serve a useful purpose for once?|
2. (US) to lose emotional control, to suffer a temper tantrum.
|Lovomaniacs (1973) 14: Think [...] before you start kicking and rolling in the aisles and chewing the rug.|
|in N.Y. Press 30 Nov. n.p.: Such a notion would cause Administration officials, not to mention the Bill Kristols and John Podhoretzes, to chew the rug.|
|at Civilians Against Terror [Internet] Hitler was a terrorist whose truck-bomb was the Wehrmacht. Everything was emotional and personal with him, including public orations and diplomatic negotiations. (He would rant and shout during military conferences. It was said, he would ‘chew the rug’).|
see separate entry.
an obscene retort.
|Moran of the Lady Letty 258: I’d rather lead an expedition than a German, and you can chew on that, Nathaniel Ridgeway.|
|Cockade (1965) I iii: You chew on this – should I have any more ... now jag it in.‘Prisoner and Escort’ in|
|(con. 1930s) Lawd Today 1609: I said to myself, let them white folks chew that.|
|Shatterday (1982) 307: Chew on that one, you creep.|
|Glitter Dome (1982) 24: Chew on it! Eat it! Mercy!|
|Llama Parlour 180: A clitoris is the only part of the human body that exists purely for pleasure. So chew on that fuck-face!|
|posting at www.frizzensparks.com 4 Feb. [Internet] Chew on that, suckers!!!|
see go and bark up a tree! under bark v.2