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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHEW OVER

The average man will leave terrapin and champagne in a minute to chew over the luxury of feeling abused.

I chew over a phrase like William James's "states of consciousness as such" until I fall asleep.

That move gave 'em something to chew over anyway, and kind of took their minds off what I'd been askin' about Ellery.

Fie, fie upon the flaccid, castrated century, that has no other use than to chew over again the deeds of the past.

As it was, she was left to chew over and over the cud of her mournful anticipations.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English ceowan "to bite, gnaw, chew," from West Germanic *keuwwan (cf. Middle Low German keuwen, Dutch kauwen, Old High German kiuwan, German kauen), from PIE root *gyeu- "to chew" (cf. Old Church Slavonic živo "to chew," Lithuanian žiaunos "jaws," Persian javidan "to chew").

Figurative sense of "to think over" is from late 14c.; to chew the rag "discusss some matter" is from 1885, apparently originally British army slang. Related: Chewed; chewing. To chew (someone) out (1948) probably is military slang from World War II. Chewing gum is by 1843, American English, originally hardened secretions of the spruce tree.

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