chew the cud, to

(redirected from To chew the cud)
Also found in: Dictionary.

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.
See also: chew, cud

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.
See also: chew, cud

chew the cud

Slang
To ponder over; meditate.
See also: chew, cud

chew the cud, to

To ruminate, to deliberate over something. For more than four centuries, to chew on something has meant to think it over. Likening human chewing to that of cows and other ruminants, which bring up food in a cud that is chewed and swallowed again, goes back even further. John Wycliffe’s translation of the Book of Hosea (1382) reads, “Thei chewiden cud upon shete, and wyne, and departiden fro me” (7:14); the King James Version (1611) differs (“They assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against me”). Nevertheless, half a century before that translation was published, chewing the cud in the sense of deep thinking had made its way into a book of homilies (1547).
See also: chew
References in periodicals archive ?
You may not have much desire to chew the cud. What you can do, is turn the Sun's excellent angle to Jupiter and Uranus to your advantage.
And though the drinks, olives and cheese inspired much rumination, the Indian and Swiss bovine brand ambassadors weren't around to chew the cud on the finely manicured stretch of green.
Boro's hierarchy are delighted to have snapped up such a top international striker, and now everybody will keep their fingers crossed that Tuncay has got what it takes to chew the cud in the Premiership.
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.
If vegetarians want to chew the cud, more power to them.
Norman gets a chance to chew the cud with the great man in a specialchat with Quentin.