chew

chew
1. noun
a) A small sweet, such as a taffy, that is eaten by chewing.

Phillip purchased a bag of licorice chews at the drugstore.

b) Chewing tobacco.

The school had banned chew and smokes from the school grounds, even for adults.

See Also: penny chew
2. verb
a) To crush with the teeth by repeated closing and opening of the jaws; done to food to soften it and break it down by the action of saliva before it is swallowed.

Make sure to chew thoroughly, and dont talk with your mouth full!

b) To grind, tear, or otherwise degrade or demolish something with teeth or as with teeth.

The steak was tough to chew as it had been cooked too long.


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