To chew the cud
chew chew (ch[udd]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chewed} (ch[udd]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Chewing}.] [As ce['o]wan, akin to D. kauwen, G. kauen. Cf. {Chaw}, {Jaw}.] 1. To bite and grind with the teeth; to masticate. [1913 Webster]

2. To ruminate mentally; to meditate on. [1913 Webster]

He chews revenge, abjuring his offense. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

{To chew the cud}, to chew the food over again, as a cow; to ruminate; hence, to meditate. [1913 Webster]

Every beast the parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts, that ye shall eat. --Deut. xxiv. 6. [1913 Webster]


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  • To chew the cud — Cud Cud (k[u^]d), n. [AS. cudu, cwudu,cwidu,cweodo, of uncertain origin; cf, G. k[ o]der bait, Icel. kvi[eth]r womb, Goth. qi[thorn]us. Cf. {Quid}.] 1. That portion of food which is brought up into the mouth by ruminating animals from their first …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chew the cud — 1. (of cows, etc) to masticate for a second time food that has already been swallowed and partly digested in the first stomach 2. To ruminate in thought (also chew over) • • • Main Entry: ↑chew chew the cud (informal) To meditate, to reflect • •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • chew the cud — 1) if an animal chews the cud, it brings food that it has swallowed back into its mouth to chew again 2) informal if you chew the cud, you spend a long time thinking or talking about something …   English dictionary

  • chew the cud — informal to think about something carefully and for a long time. He sat chewing the cud all morning …   New idioms dictionary

  • chew the cud — verb to meditate or ponder before answering; to be deep in thought; to ruminate …   Wiktionary

  • chew the cud — idi +inf Informal. to meditate or ponder …   From formal English to slang

  • Cud — (k[u^]d), n. [AS. cudu, cwudu,cwidu,cweodo, of uncertain origin; cf, G. k[ o]der bait, Icel. kvi[eth]r womb, Goth. qi[thorn]us. Cf. {Quid}.] 1. That portion of food which is brought up into the mouth by ruminating animals from their first stomach …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chew — (ch[udd]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chewed} (ch[udd]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Chewing}.] [As ce[ o]wan, akin to D. kauwen, G. kauen. Cf. {Chaw}, {Jaw}.] 1. To bite and grind with the teeth; to masticate. [1913 Webster] 2. To ruminate mentally; to meditate …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chew — [[t]tʃu͟ː[/t]] chews, chewing, chewed 1) VERB When you chew food, you use your teeth to break it up in your mouth so that it becomes easier to swallow. [V n] Be certain to eat slowly and chew your food extremely well... [V at/on n] Daniel leaned… …   English dictionary

  • chew —   Mama (without swallowing); nau, namu (with closed mouth).    ♦ To chew gum, nau kamu.    ♦ To chew the cud, ho olualua i.    ♦ Chewed food (as kava, kukui nut for medicine), māna ai …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

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