chew the cud


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chew the/(one's) cud

To contemplate something. ("Cud" is partially digested food that is regurgitated to be chewed again, a common behavior of cows.) I've been chewing my cud for days, but I still haven't decided whether I'm taking the job or not. Sometimes you just need to stop chewing the cud and make a decision.
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chew the cud

Also, chew over. Ponder over, meditate, as in John tends to chew the cud before he answers, or Let me chew that over and let you know. The first term, first recorded in 1382, transfers the appearance of a patiently ruminating cow to a person deep in thought. The variant was first recorded in 1696.
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chew the cud

1 (of a ruminant animal) further chew partly digested food. 2 think or talk reflectively.
2 1992 DJ We chewed the cud, drank a few beers and at the end of the meal, Malu asked if I wanted to hit a club.
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chew the cud

Slang
To ponder over; meditate.
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the camel, and the hare, and the rock-badger, because they chew the cud but part not the hoof .
It would be good if the Freemen and the Showmen could chew the cud some more, otherwise they'll end up looking like Aunt Sallies.
So much talking has been done with regard to Bruce's future at Blues that, for the manager to finally get the chance to sit down and chew the cud with the prospective new owner over a bottle of red, a bowl of prawn crackers and a house special seems almost the stuff of anti-climax.
Mars helps you work, rest, play and chew the cud doesn't have much of a ring to it.
If vegetarians want to chew the cud, more power to them.
The Summit for the Future, Mike Whitby's grand hurrah, saw 160 of the usual suspects chew the cud about how to make Birmingham a great world city, blah, blah, blah.
As such Canning was happy to chew the cud with his Kilkenny counterpart and they came to the conclusion 2004 could be one of the most exciting seasons.
She concluded that the flesh of pigs was forbidden because they were cloven hoofed like the cow, but did not chew the cud.
And, after winning the first two games, they returned in their droves to read reports, analysis and chew the cud on the message boards.
Only too happy to chew the cud if necessary, equally content to continue pucking that ball high into the air while the others do all the talking.