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 one's cud

Fig. to think deeply; to be deeply involved in private thought. (Alludes to the cow's habit of bringing food back from the first stomach into the mouth to chew it, called chewing the cud.) He's chewing his cud about what to do next.
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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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But we forgot that cows are ruminants and need to chew their cud to maintain their health.
NO FOOD FROM ANIMALS THAT HAVE CLOVEN hooves or chew their cud. No seafood that lacks scales or fins.
If a good diet is matched with a good environment the cows will eat well, lie down more and chew their cud which means they are digesting their feed as efficiently as possible."
They will bed, chew their cud, and rest for a few hours.
Later when they are full, they will bed down and chew their cud. It will generally take between one and three hours for a deer to get full.
Historically, the most frequently discussed taboos are those associated with the early Hebrews, whose most famous restrictions forbade the consumption of animals that did not have cloven hooves and did not chew their cud. Interpretations of the functions of this and other dietary restrictions generally agree that they helped to bind several Semitic tribes into a unified group, separating them from other tribes.
The goats continue to chew their cud while being suckled, so they apparently enjoy the experience.
"When they chew their cud, they regurgitate [spit up] some food to rechew it, and all this gas comes out." The average cow expels 600 liters of methane a day, climate researchers report.
They chew their cud. They behave in a pretty cowlike way.
That natural evolutionary line of development was aimed at sheep and goats, who chew their cuds and need far more crude fibre than the human frame can cope with.
My husband and I are arguing about whether or not rabbits chew their cuds. I say they do; he says rabbits don't even have cuds.
The goats continue to chew their cuds while being suckled, so they apparently enjoy the experience.