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

v talk socially without exchanging too much information

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

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.