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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

To ponder over; meditate.
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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).
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Another explanation for the variation observed in grazing time is that the formation of cuds is proportional to the grazing time (Bremm et al.
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Os valores de CUD das subunidades com gotejador G3 submetidas aos manejos 1E3A, 2E2A, 3E1A e 4E nos tempos de funcionamento inicial e 160 h, foram de 95,97 e 90,86%; 95,52 e 36,29%; 95,79 e 44,38%; 94,64 e 94,00%, respectivamente (Figura 2C).
Participants were aged 16-45 years with substantial current cannabis use and meeting criteria for DSM-IV CUD.
Verifica-se na Figura 2, que na unidade de irrigacao que nao recebeu o tratamento com o dicloro (N1), os valores medios do CUD decresceram com o aumento do tempo de funcionamento.
Muslims, and my own Jewish religion says: 'Anything to do with a pig is strictly forbidden, only animals with a cloven hoof which chew the cud may be eaten.
As winter darkness overtakes us, we prepare to celebrate the coming of the Saviour into the world, and with grateful hearts can contemplate this account of God's infinite mercy and tenderness, and the triumph of grace, for who among us cannot, with the psalmist, say: I was stupid and cud not understand/No better than a beast in your sight?
The author, who was responsible for the selection of body materials for BMW in the United Kingdom, deals with the whole assembly process from raw material to production, right through to recycling at the cud of a vehicle's life.
The principal task for Marc-Alexandre and his team is to monitor collection of pallets held by cud customers, and the monitoring of third party companies who collect, sort and repair pallets on behalf of LPR in France.
When I seed that, ever hair on my head stood straight up in the air and I lit outta thar headin' fer the house as hard as I cud go.