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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 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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