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  • v. Present participle of chaw., i.e. nonstandard variant of chewing.


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  • It was rather a comical sight to see us in our cabins of a cold winter night, sitting by the fire, and all solemnly "chawing" away, in profound silence, on the Johnnies 'jerked beef.

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  • With touching eloquence they recalled those happier evenings -- the time of smoke and vapor; when, after a whole day's delectable "chawing," they beguiled themselves with their genial, and most companionable puffs.

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  • But with the blessed Bible full of good hay, you are 'chawing' away on the briars. "

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  • There it hit, its rotors chawing up a circle of dust from every bite.

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  • Bob lurched ahead, through a line of bushes, into another back yard, the bike grinding and chawing through a garden.

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  • When he goes on Russert or Larry King or Letterman, he's a curly muff of hair under a cowboy hat whose jaw is constantly chawing gum and who answers the softball question with a monotonous mumble heavily punctuated with monosyllabic "Well ... 's" and "Ya knows ... 's".

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  • Admit it, Roger, don't you sometimes, when you and the other reviewers at the Horn Book are leaning back in your chairs chawing away about who should get stars that month, wish that you could just ask them what they had for dinner last night instead and then send them all home?

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  • He turned to his date and exclaimed, "I swar, Miss Jane, this beats julep all to nothing; who ever thought of chawing rum!"

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  • But it's more fun to present it in the frozen shell of an orange, perfect for making rum fit for chawing.

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  • Sontag's response was a full-scale bombardment of H.L. Mencken's Yahooland, not excluding "John Wayne chawing spareribs in the White House," the genocide of the American Indian, and "box architecture."

    Notes on Susan


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