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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.
See also: chew, fat
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: chew, fat
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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.
See also: chew, fat
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

chew the fat/rag, to

To converse, or to chatter in informal fashion. In Great Britain chewing the rag originally (late nineteenth century) was a colloquial term for complaining or grumbling, although one source holds it was an army term for persisting in an argument. Another source reports that the rag in question was a piece of cloth used when soldiers ran out of tobacco. Chewing the fat, more common in America, may have meant chewing on salt pork or fatback when supplies were low. Today both are colloquial clichés that simply mean talking in a relaxed manner.
See also: chew, fat, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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PARTY TIME: Some of the helpers, officials and guests at Denby Dale Old Folk's Treat in April, 1950 (Kirklees ref: ke02938, Examiner ref: 50-11038); CHEWING THE FAT: Senior citizens gather in Denby Dale War Memorial Park in summer, 1954 (Kirklees ref: ke27599, Examiner ref: 54-3650); MUSICAL CHAIRS: Denby Dale Brass Band players and guests celebrated the band's centenary in March, 1951 (Kirklees ref: ke04702, Examiner ref: 51-861)
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