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chew the fat

To discuss, chat, converse, etc., especially at length and in a leisurely, friendly manner. My sister and I haven't seen each other in nearly five years, so we stayed up half the night and chewing the fat. Come into my office and chew the fat with me a little bit, David. I want to know how things are going with you.
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chew the fat

 and chew the rag
Fig. to chat or gossip. Sit yourself down and let's chew the fat for a while. We were just chewing the rag. Nothing important.
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chew the fat

Also, chew the rag. Chat in a friendly, leisurely way, as in Let's get together for coffee and chew the fat, or John and Dave spend hours just chewing the rag. Before the 1880s in Britain, chew the fat meant "to grumble or complain," and chew the rag also has been used in this way. Today both expressions are largely synonyms for a friendly talk or gossip session. Why this idiom uses fat and rag is not known, but some speculate that fat refers to juicy items of gossip and rag to ladies' sewing circles and the cloth they worked on while chatting.
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chew the fat

BRITISH
If you chew the fat with someone, you talk with them in an informal and friendly way. We'd been lounging around, chewing the fat for a couple of hours. Her chat show gave her the chance to chew the fat with the likes of Tony Curtis and Diana Ross. Note: This may refer to sailors in the past talking to each other while they chewed the fat in the dried pork which they were given to eat.
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chew the fat (or rag)

chat in a leisurely way, usually at length. informal
1986 Tom Clancy Red Storm Rising Four-star admirals didn't chew the fat with newly frocked commanders unless they had nothing better to do.
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ˌchew the ˈfat

(British English) (American English ˌchew the ˈrag) (informal) talk about unimportant things; chat: They sit around chewing the fat instead of working.
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chew the fat

and chew the rag
tv. to chat or gossip. Put your carcass over on the chair, and let’s chew the fat for a while. We chewed the rag for a while and then went out to eat.
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ROY Keane feels he has struck up a rapport with Sunderland's supporters, so much so that the notoriously private individual has issued an open invitation to them to chew the fat with him.
Dockers and seafarers from exotic locations would repair to the Chain Locker to chew the fat and sink several pints.
I've also got friends from Bermuda coming over to the game and, if I can get hold of them, I'll give them a ring and go and chew the fat with them,'' he added.
However, that gave me a chance to chew the fat with Al about how things are going at St James's Park, all of which has only reinforced my view that Newcastle shouldn't be 4-1 to win at Old Trafford today.
O'Neill said: "I've spoken to five managers in the past eight days and 85 per cent of them have called me to chat about my players and just to chew the fat in general.
I think of it as a '90s version of a '50s poker night - just a bunch of guys getting together to stay out late and chew the fat.
Bay boss Chandler, though, will chew the fat with his former Whitley team-mate Briggs, now manager of Dunston Federation.
Tuesday night quizzes at the Beamish Mary Inn, in deepest Durham, are a popular weekly event as villagers gather to chew the fat, have a few jars and test their general knowledge.
CHARLIE ADAM doesn't usually have much difficulty getting Ross McCormack on the phone to chew the fat.
UK cuisine queen Delia Smith has invited Boro's superchefs to Norwich to chew the fat with her team's cooks this month.
So it's refreshing to come across a film like Barbershop which is very much a people film, built on the dialogue between a group of people who meet in the local barbers to chew the fat and with not a special effect in sight.
There will unfortunately be little time for him to chew the fat with ordinary farmers.
Or even sit around a proper table and chew the fat, like they do on Match of the Day.
However, he was forced to pull out for personal reasons, leaving Savill and Ricketts to chew the fat with Home Office officials.
And once every few weeks we check in with her via satellite phone, play one of her favourite tunes and generally try and chew the fat and keep her spirits up.