Definition of chew something up in English:

chew something up

phrasal verb

  • Damage or destroy something as if by chewing.

    ‘the bikes were chewing up the paths’
    • ‘Even the most amazing things are chewed up and spat out the next week.’
    • ‘The transmission was another matter: There were fragments of metal in the gearbox where some of the gears had been chewed up.’
    • ‘The only difference was that the kelp-beds had been chewed up by molds and scavengers.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The land has been chewed up and the archaeology has been turned over - it's quite frightening.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And, as anticipated, the red squirrel population began to decline almost immediately, since its preferred habitat had been chewed up and spat out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    crumple, crumple up, crunch, crunch up, crush, rumple, screw up, squash, squash up, twist, twist up, mash, mash up, squeeze, compress, chew, chew up
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