chew (someone) up and spit (him or her) out

idiom

Definition of chew (someone) up and spit (him or her) out

: to defeat (someone) badly
  • That district attorney will chew you up and spit you out in the courtroom.

Word by Word Definitions

chew play
  1. : to crush, grind, or gnaw (something, such as food) with or as if with the teeth : masticate

  2. : to injure, destroy, or consume as if by chewing

  3. : to chew something

  1. : the act of chewing

  2. : something for chewing

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

spit play
  1. : a slender pointed rod for holding meat over a fire

  2. : a small point of land especially of sand or gravel running into a body of water

  1. : to fix on or as if on a spit : impale

  1. : to eject (something) from the mouth : expectorate

  2. : to express (unpleasant or malicious feelings) by or as if by spitting

  3. : to utter with a spitting sound or scornful expression

  1. : spittle, saliva

  2. : the act or an instance of spitting

  3. : a frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs

him play
  1. : objective case of he

her play
  1. : of or relating to her or herself especially as possessor, agent, or object of an action — compare 1she

  1. : objective case of she

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up chew (someone) up and spit (him or her) out? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!