Chew the fat

Idiom

Chew the fat

Definition

To chat or gossip casually, especially in a friendly or leisurely way.

Examples

We were just sitting around, chewing the fat about our weekend plans.

Everyone was just sitting around, chewing the fat, when the boss walked in.

Origin

This phrase originated in the late 19th century, coming from the phrase ‘chewing the rag’. The ‘rag’ in this phrase was a reference to a cloth that was used to wrap up food, usually fat, and the act of ‘chewing’ was used to describe the casual conversation that occurred while people were eating.

FAQs

What does it mean to ‘chew the fat’?

It means to chat or gossip casually, especially in a friendly or leisurely way.

Where did the phrase ‘chew the fat’ come from?

The phrase originated in the late 19th century, coming from the phrase ‘chewing the rag’.