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chew the fat | chew the rag

Meaning: If you chew the fat, or chew the rag, you have a long, friendly chat with someone.

For example:

  • I sometimes call Wendy late at night and we chew the fat for an hour or so before going to sleep.

  • Why don't you come over on Sunday morning and I'll make some breakfast and we can chew the rag for a couple of hours?

Note: "Chew the fat" is used more in British and Australian English, while "chew the rag" is used more in American English.

Quick Quiz:

While I was chewing the fat with Graham, he
  1. ate too much fat and got sick
  2. told me all about his new job
  3. got really tired and asked me to stop

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