chew the/(one's) 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 next morning when I peeped over the door, she was sitting contentedly chewing her cud with one of the lambs at her side - whilst the other one lay dead with its head stuck in a hurdle gate.
The goat was quietly chewing her cud and looked somewhat surprised by my sudden excitement.
And, to my way of thinking, watching a cow quietly chewing her cud has the same calming effect as chanting a mantra on a yoga mat.
True to her name, Buttercup is a sunny cow, conveying the love for the simple things of life, such as nature, friendship, and, of course, chewing her cud.
She strolled through the reception chewing her cud as if it was a part of her daily routine.
One moment, you see a cow on one side of the fence chewing her cud contentedly.
A newspaper philosopher remarks that one difference between a cow chewing her cud and some of these flappers chewing gum, is that the cow looks thoughtful.
But I noticed that she was not chewing her cud contentedly, as usual.
She ignored the water and the grain and laid down against the outside wall, still not chewing her cud.