Green’s Dictionary of Slang

chaw v.

[fig. uses of dial. chaw, to chew]

1. [mid–late 19C] (US, also chaw up) to mangle, to get the better of, to surpass, to destroy; often as chawed (up) adj. (cf. chew up v. (1)).

2. [mid-19C–1900s] (US campus) to trick, to hoax.

3. [late 19C–1900s] (US) used in oaths, e.g. chaw me up if...

4. [1980s] to arrest; thus chawry goods, stolen property.

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