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Related to chew up: chew up the scenery
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.
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|Verb||1.||chew 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"|
call on the carpet, chew out, chide, dress down, have words, bawl out, berate, rebuke, reproof, scold, take to task, call down, lambast, lambaste, lecture, reprimand, remonstrate, trounce, jaw, rag
castigate, chasten, chastise, objurgate, correct - censure severely; "She chastised him for his insensitive remarks"