chew out


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Related to chew out: reprimand

chew

 (cho͞o)
v. chewed, chew·ing, chews
v.tr.
1. To bite and grind with the teeth; masticate.
2. To meditate on; ponder: chew a problem over.
v.intr.
1. To make a crushing and grinding motion with the teeth.
2. To cogitate; meditate: chewed on the difficulties ahead.
3. Informal To chew tobacco as a habit.
n.
1. The act of chewing.
2. Something held in the mouth and chewed, especially a plug of tobacco.
Phrasal Verb:
chew out Slang
To reprimand; scold.
Idioms:
chew the cud Slang
To ponder over; meditate.
chew the fat/rag Slang
To talk together in a friendly, leisurely way; chat at length.

[Middle English cheuen, from Old English cēowan.]

chew′a·ble adj.
chew′er n.

chew out

vb
(tr, adverb) informal chiefly US and Canadian to reprimand
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.chew out - censure severely or angrilychew out - censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
castigate, chasten, chastise, objurgate, correct - censure severely; "She chastised him for his insensitive remarks"
brush down, tell off - reprimand; "She told the misbehaving student off"
criticise, criticize, pick apart, knock - find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws; "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free"

chew

verb
To bite and grind with the teeth:
Regional: chaw.
phrasal verb
chew on or over
phrasal verb
chew out
Slang. To criticize for a fault or an offense:
Informal: bawl out, lambaste.
Idioms: bring to task, call on the carpet, haul over the coals, let someone have it.