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Chew the fat

Origin of Phrases - C

 

Chew the fat

Meaning: To talk about unimportant things.

 

Example: Sit down, have a beer, and let's chew the fat.

 

Origin: 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.

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