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    mull/chew/chew over/chew the cud/chew up/chew the rag/

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    1. The committee have mulled over your suggestion but have decided not to accept it because of the cost.

    2. We have to mull over the new proposal.
    mull = to go over extensively in the mind; ponder

    3. New cider, mulled with ginger warm.
    mull = to heat, sweeten, and enrich with spices; as, to mull wine.

    4. After every smoke or chew, brush the teeth thoroughly.
    chew (n) = the act of chewing.

    5. Jim likes to have some difficult matter to chew on.
    chew on = ponder on; think over

    6. John tends to chew the cud before he answers.
    chew the cud = ponder over, meditate

    7. The committee want time to chew over the question of the new appointments.
    chew over = ponder over, meditate

    8. He was chewing the rag at me the whole afternoon.
    chew the rag = chat in a friendly, leisurely way

    9. We used to meet after work, and chew the fat over coffee and doughnuts.
    chew the fat = chew the rag

    10. He bit off more than he could chew when he agreed to edit the paper alone.
    11. He started to repair his car himself, but realized that he had bite off more than he could chew.
    12. He bit off more than he could chew when he agreed to edit the paper alone.
    bite off more than one could chew = to try to do more than you can; be too confident of your ability; to undertake more than one can handle

    13. The dog has chewed up my new shoes!
    chew up = crunch up

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    sarat_106 is offline Key Member
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    Exclamation Re: mull/chew/chew over/chew the cud/chew up/chew the rag/

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
    1. The committee have mulled over your suggestion but have decided not to accept it because of the cost. OK

    2. We have to mull over the new proposal. OK
    mull = to go over extensively in the mind; ponder

    3. New cider, mulled with ginger warm. OK
    mull = to heat, sweeten, and enrich with spices; as, to mull wine.

    4. After every smoke or chew, brush the teeth thoroughly. OK
    chew (n) = the act of chewing.

    5. Jim likes to have some difficult matter to chew on. OK
    chew on = ponder on; think over

    6. John tends to chew the cud before he answers. OK
    chew the cud = ponder over, meditate This is the idiomatic expression
    7. The committee want time to chew over the question of the new appointments.
    chew over = ponder over, meditate OK

    8. He was chewing the rag at me the whole afternoon. OK
    chew the rag = chat in a friendly, leisurely way or gossip
    We were just chewing the rag. Nothing important.
    9. We used to meet after work, and chew the fat over coffee and doughnuts.
    chew the fat = chew the rag

    10. He bit off more than he could chew when he agreed to edit the paper alone.OK to be overconfident
    to take (on) more than one can deal with;
    11. He started to repair his car himself, but realized that he had bite off more than he could chew. OK
    12. He bit off more than he could chew when he agreed to edit the paper alone.
    bite off more than one could chew = to try to do more than you can; be too confident of your ability; to undertake more than one can handle OK

    13. The dog has chewed up my new shoes!
    chew up = crunch up =to damage or ruin something by pinching,and biting,

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Fine examples of expressions having figurative meaning

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