chew the fat = chew the rag
chat in a leisurely way, usually at length – informal
1986 - Tom Clancy - Red Storm Rising Four-star admirals didn't chew the fat with newly frocked commanders unless they had nothing better to do.
Related Idioms :
chew the cud
(of a ruminant animal) further chew partly digested food
Think or talk reflectively.
1992 - DJ - We chewed the cud, drank a few beers and at the end of the meal, Malu asked if I wanted to hit a club.
chew the scenery
(of an actor) overact - Informal
chew the rag :
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