from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to chew the food over again, as a cow; to ruminate; hence, to meditate.
- n. to ruminate; to meditate; used with of.
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Then there's young Buck Pudden's wife's way, and that's better than either, when you're dealing with some of these old heifers who browse over the range all day, stuffing themselves with gossip about your friends, and then round up at your house to chew the cud and slobber fake sympathy over you.