To chew the cud

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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  • 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 — If you chew the cud, you think carefully about something …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • chew the cud — ► chew the cud think or talk reflectively. Main Entry: ↑cud …   English terms 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 —    If you chew the cud, you think carefully about something.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Chew the cud —   If you chew the cud, you think carefully about something …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • chew the cud — Meaning Spend some time chatting. Origin Cows move their mouths when chewing the cud (grass) and give the appearance of talking …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • 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 — regurgitate the contents of the stomach and chew them again (done by cows and other ruminants) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • chew the cud — think or talk reflectively. → cud …   English new terms dictionary

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

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