One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Damage or destroy something as if by chewing.‘the bikes were chewing up the paths’
crumple, crumple up, crunch, crunch up, crush, rumple, screw up, squash, squash up, twist, twist up, mash, mash up, squeeze, compress, chew, chew upView synonyms
- ‘The only difference was that the kelp-beds had been chewed up by molds and scavengers.’
- ‘Even the most amazing things are chewed up and spat out the next week.’
- ‘It's where your personality is chewed up and spat out and re-presented to you, so the trajectory of you as an individual is taken out of your hands.’
- ‘The transmission was another matter: There were fragments of metal in the gearbox where some of the gears had been chewed up.’
- ‘The problems were highlighted when 50 wheelie bins in Stewartby had to be removed after a malfunctioning council-owned dust cart chewed them up.’
- ‘The land has been chewed up and the archaeology has been turned over - it's quite frightening.’
- ‘Also, the outfield is chewed up, so when an outfielder charges for a hit, he can't go full-speed because the grass is not smooth and the ball might hop over his glove.’
- ‘And, as anticipated, the red squirrel population began to decline almost immediately, since its preferred habitat had been chewed up and spat out.’
- ‘Seniors will be more concerned than ever about Social Security as the economy softens, the surplus is chewed up, deficit spending returns and the demagogues start distorting the issue.’
- ‘The payroll won't be as flexible as it might appear; approximately two-thirds of the $25 million savings will be chewed up by salary escalations and arbitration increases.’
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