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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. verb
    talk socially without exchanging too much information
    synonyms: chaffer, chat, chatter, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, gossip, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
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    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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