mull/chew/chew over/chew the cud/chew up/chew the rag/
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.
Re: mull/chew/chew over/chew the cud/chew up/chew the rag/
Fine examples of expressions having figurative meaning
Originally Posted by vil