chew the fat

When you chew the fat with your friends, you sit around chatting and gossiping with them.

Nothing too important gets discussed when you chew the fat — it's most often a light, social kind of talking. The expression may be related to "chew the cud," which means to talk aimlessly, ruminating over the same subject in a casual way, like a cow chewing its cud. It also seems that chew the fat evolved from an original nineteenth century British meaning, "to grumble, grouse, or complain."

Definitions of chew the fat
1

v talk socially without exchanging too much information

Synonyms:
chaffer, chat, chatter, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, gossip, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
Types:
jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze
talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
Type of:
converse, discourse
carry on a conversation

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