chew up

phrasal verb

chewed up; chewing up; chews up
: to destroy (something) by chewing it
My new puppy chewed up my shoes.
informal : to destroy or defeat (someone or something)
The truck chewed up the grass.
They chewed the competition up.

Examples of chew up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In comparison, a traditional mine’s heavy machinery both spews greenhouse gases and chews up ecosystems. Matt Simon, WIRED, 21 Mar. 2024 In both years, the Broncos’ financial obligations to Wilson will chew up far more of their salary cap than Herbert’s contract will consume of the Chargers’ cap. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2024 After Democratic senators spent hours chewing up floor time, Senate GOP leadership Tuesday afternoon decided to adjourn for nearly a week until Monday. Kacen Bayless, Kansas City Star, 13 Feb. 2024 And each possession will matter, associate head coach Danny Manning told reporters Friday, with the Cavs' penchant for chewing up the clock. The Courier-Journal, 27 Jan. 2024 Aside from potentially creating viral imprints in sidewalks, the station reports rats are also making nests in residents' cars and chewing up cables. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2024 By October, Stroud was chewing up NFL pass defenses. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Feb. 2024 In December 2017, the Thomas fire — the largest in Southern California history — chewed up 281,893 acres over Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, including burning through every watershed above Montecito and Carpinteria. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 The 12-play, 93-yard also chewed up 7:03 of the clock and demoralized a Texans team that had, until then, given the Ravens fits. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 20 Jan. 2024

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“Chew up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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