chew up


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chew up

vb (tr, adverb)
1. to damage or destroy (something) by or as by chewing or grinding
2. (usually passive) slang to cause (a person) to be nervous or worried: he was all chewed up about the interview.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.chew up - censure severely or angrilychew up - 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"
Translations

w>chew up

vt sep
(lit)aufessen, fertig essen; (animal)auffressen; pencil etczerkauen; ground, road surfacezerstören; paperzerfressen, zermalmen
(inf, = tell off) → fertigmachen (inf), → runterputzen (inf)
References in classic literature ?
I can chew up any such milksoppy pup as that, and I will.
So when you hear that the United States is filling the skies with AWACS surveillance planes to intercept drug smugglers or when you hear about Colombian peasants being horrified when the Yanquis offer to supply them with worms that will chew up their coca cash crop, permit yourself a laugh or two, however bitter.