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 cows in the field COULD be chewing their CUD or WOULD they prefer to
Students can now quantify rumination as opposed to just seeing cows chewing their cud, as well as the effects any changes in diet, health and oestrus activity has on rumination.
Few things in life are as restful and calming as a group of cattle resting in the shade of some tree while chewing their cud.
Ms Stelfox then quotes the FAWC reporting that in the industrialised, mechanical slaughter process the cows walk into the pen chewing their cud as a bolt is fired into their skulls.
One of my favourite jobs is looking round the cows at night whether they are outside in the summer or inside during the winter - it is wonderful how quiet it is and to see the cows licking each other, eating or lying down chewing their cud.
Laurent had to allay his apprehension was a report he received from Burge that the three sheep implanted with the device were going about their business, calmly lying down and chewing their cud, seemingly unconcerned.
THE cows were out chewing their cud as I walked past with the dog.
Off in another corner of the property one can find a couple of bulls resting, chewing their cuds and seemingly ignoring intruders.