American Idioms and Expressions

Chew The Fat Idiom

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Chew the fat
What does Chew the fat mean?
To talk about unimportant things.Sit down, have a beer, and let's chew the fat.
The Inuit (different from Eskimos) used to chew on pieces of whale blubber almost like chewing gum. The blubber took quite a while to dissolve, so it just sort of helped pass the time while they were doing something else.
Some other cultures may have used bacon fat in a similar way.
chew the fat
What does chew the fat mean?
to chatThe two men were chewing the fat in front of the house.
chew the fat
What does chew the fat mean?
to chat The two men were chewing the fat in front of the house.


Some Random Idioms
look forward to (something)
What does "look forward to (something)" mean?
anticipate something with pleasureWe have been looking forward to the concert for a long time.
stones
What does "stones" mean?
testicles; balls
Under your nose
What does "Under your nose" mean?
If something happens right in front of you, especially if it is surprising or audacious, it happens under your nose.
put one's shoulder to the wheel
What does "put one's shoulder to the wheel" mean?
to get busy and do some work We must put our shoulders to the wheel and get our work done early.

at first
What does "at first" mean?
initially, at the beginningAt first we had no plans for the weekend but finally we decided to go to a movie.
strike up a friendship with (someone)
What does "strike up a friendship with (someone)" mean?
to become friends with someoneMy neighbor finds it easy to strike up a friendship with the people he meets.
Turn the corner
What does "Turn the corner" mean?
To get over a bad run. When a loss making venture ceases to make losses, it has "turned the corner".
face value
What does "face value" mean?
the truth of something on the surface The woman is a very nice person but you must take what she says at face value.

be through
What does "be through" mean?
to be finished, to end I do not know when the movie will be through.

speak off the cuff
What does "speak off the cuff" mean?
to speak in public without preparation My father plans to speak off the cuff at his retirement party tonight.

stand on one's own two feet
What does "stand on one's own two feet" mean?
to be independent and self-sufficientThe boy learned early how to stand on his own two feet.
off and on
What does "off and on" mean?
occasionallyMy friend has been seeing a woman off and on but I do not think that their relationship is very serious.
trippin'
What does "trippin'" mean?
high on drugs

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