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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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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.
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Mr Eldridge said the extent of the general slowdown depended on "how many doom and gloom merchants chew the fat and talk themselves down".
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A symphony, a tune or two, Another long wait, but you're still not through, Then that recorded voice again, You wait once more, you're going insane, Press this number, then press that, Another tune or recorded tat, While you wait to chew the fat, "What's your date of birth for why?", "Is she working for NCI?", Let us hear, a human voice just answer, No serenades, or all that banter, Just a nice human voice to hear, No more recordings splitting my ear.
Waggoners and farmers from the district would sit to chew the fat as their horses had their hooves pared and shoes fitted.
The elderly gents pictured left on the benches in Denby Dale War Memorial Park took advantage of any sunny day to chew the fat. They are (from left) H Lockwood, B Hanson, J T Dyson, F Fitton and W Haigh.
A Chew the Fat! has been a resident for sometime now so have witnessed nights when it goes off, it's a wicked club and there's no doubt about that.
Dockers and seafarers from exotic locations would repair to the Chain Locker to chew the fat and sink several pints.
There will unfortunately be little time for him to chew the fat with ordinary farmers.
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.
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It's the notoriously thirsty former player and manager's job to meet and greet fans, and chew the fat with them over the big football issues of the day.