to chew over

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - chew over

"to chew over"

to think slowly and carefully about something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - chew over

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  So, that was quite the big piece of news we learned about our competitor. What do you think the boss will do with it?

Colleague 2:  I think the boss will chew it over for a couple of days.

Colleague 1:  So we should just wait until the boss has had a chance to think about it for a while?

Colleague 2:  Yes. Once the boss has figured out what to do with the news, he will share his thoughts with us.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - chew over

A couple are talking ...

Husband:  You know, I have been chewing over this discipline issue with our son for a couple of days and I just can't seem to think of a viable solution.

Wife:  Perhaps if we chew it over together, we can understand the situation better?

Husband:  OK. Let's get together tonight and share our thoughts.

to chew over - Usage:


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to chew over - Gerund Form:

Chewing over new information for a few days before acting on it is prudent.

to chew over - Examples:

1)  During our more self reflective moments, each of us may care to chew over such sentiments ourselves.

2)  While chewing over these lessons learned from bitter experience, I had yet another dream.

3)  ... in which she has numerous scenarios for the board to chew over.

4)  Research tells us that we need time to mentally "chew over" new ideas in order to store them in memory.

5)  There's so much here to mull and chew over, so much so that I wonder if I'm doing a disservice to ...

6)  ... be thinking in isolation; you need to find challenging conversants with whom you can chew over the fat and gristle of your theories.

7)  ... with particular sorts of people, particular subjects in particular scenarios? We will chew over those challenging situations and interactions that trip us up.

8)  OK, so there are quite a few ideas to chew over, but what's your experience?

9)  The group had been chewing over the challenges of being a woman in the male-led faith.

10)  Because my mind is constantly so busy with chatter as it chews over a myriad of things, ...

11)  ... electoral system is a big undertaking, and maybe we should have some time to chew things over.

12)  ... opportunity to wonder at the unlikeliest of it all, to ponder it, to chew it over.

13)  Part of supporting one's husband should involve chewing things over with him, not leaving him on his own to bear the burden ...

14)  During our more self reflective moments, each of us may care to chew over such sentiments ourselves.

15)  ... were we given enough time chew them over properly.

16)  He watched her thinking about what he said, chewing it over in her mind, trying to break it down and make it ...

17)  You might already have chewed this over endlessly, with many sleeplessness nights.

18)  And we coddle our memories, chewing them over when the ...

19)  I'm not going to comment on the budget. I'll let the experts chew it over and give us their verdict. 

20)  You have to be able to sit with them and chew them over and really investigate them.