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And I was as blue a reporter of life as ever chewed his pencil.

He chewed the end of a cigar, and continued walking up and down the roof.

He dipped the onion, bit off a piece, and chewed it gravely.

For two days, so Solon vows, they ate the herrin' and the other two they chewed the sticks.

The Seneschal shrugged his shoulders, and chewed a second at his beard.

Ovid never would have said that, if he had smoked a cigar or chewed tobacco.

He chewed with growls some insulting word and at last swallowed it with an effort.

He had chewed the cud of his own virtue for too long a time, and it had given him a sour stomach.

The man carried a lighted candle and chewed thoughtfully at a straw.

Overstreet looked at him with scorn and chewed tobacco imperturbably.

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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