1. phrasal verb If you chew food up, you chew it until it is completely crushed or soft. [V n P] ⇒ I took one of the pills and chewed it up. [Also V P n] 2. phrasal verb → chew
If something is chewed up, it has been destroyed or damaged in some way. [informal] [beV-ed P] ⇒ Every spring the ozone is chewed up, and the hole appears. [VP n] ⇒ ...rebels who are now chewing up Government-held territory. [V n P] ⇒ This town is notorious for chewing people up and spitting them out.
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