chew (away) at (something)

(redirected from chews away at)

chew (away) at (something)

To chew on something repeatedly or for a length of time. The baby has been completely miserable lately, except for when he's chewing away at a teething ring.
See also: chew
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

chew (away) at something

to gnaw or chew something for a period of time. The puppy chewed away at the leather belt all night.
See also: chew
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

chew someone's ass

reprimand someone severely.
See also: ass, chew
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

chew someone’s ass out

tv. to scold someone severely. (Usually objectionable.) The cop was really mad and chewed Bob’s ass out.
See also: ass, chew, out
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
Cliffside collapses are not unusual as the ocean chews away at the base of the sandstone, authorities said.
Winter monarch retreats are officially protected, but illegal logging chews away at Mexico's forests.
He chews away at it in the park then eventually drops it at someone's feet for them to throw, so he can chase it all over the place.
Every month, every week, every day a new UI concept comes along and chews away at our technological niche.