Hi there,
what does "chew the tongue" mean? I came across the terms, the context is that a girl is singing and a guy is chewing his tongue. with thanks.
Kevin
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Hi there, what does "chew the tongue" mean? I came across the terms, the context is that a girl is singing and a guy is chewing his tongue. with thanks. Kevin

Can't say I've heard it before, but perhaps it's another way of saying 'biting his tongue'
Perhaps the singing was so bad he had to employ self restraint not to pass comment on it.

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what does "chew the tongue" mean? I came across the terms, the context is that a girl is singing and a guy is chewing his tongue.

I suspect it's a literal translation from another language; it is not an English idiom.

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I suspect it's a literal translation from another language; it is not an English idiom.

The only English language refernce I can dig up is this bit of song lyric:

"I'll tell another joke for you
Did you hear the one about the one that looks like you I'll sleep with sleep arounds for you
Why don't you scratch my back and
chew the tongue I chew"
From "Im Alright (You Gotta Go There To Come Back)" lyrics, recorded and probably written by the Stereophonics; an English-speaking band from Wales.

I don't have the foggiest idea what it means, but I'd make a wild guess that sex, drugs, alcohol and / or rock & roll come in there somewhere.

Otherwise it's back to my earlier thought!

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Hi there, what does "chew the tongue" mean? I came ... and a guy is chewing his tongue. with thanks. Kevin

Can't say I've heard it before, but perhaps it's another way of saying 'biting his tongue'

I think biting ones tongue refers to using the front teeth, and is a metaphor for not saying something when one wants to, but thinks he shouldn't.
Chewing the tongue uses the side teeth. And it's not a metaphor for anything. Don't you people ever chew your tongue? One doesn't bite so hard he draws blood, he doesn't chew it *up*. I just gnaw on mine sometimes. It generates saliva, which tastes good. I don't do it very often, 3 minutes a day?, but I think I was already doing it when I read the first post, or maybe more likely, after I read it I started.
Perhaps the singing was so bad he had to employ self restraint not to pass comment on it.

NOw you're talking about biting one's tongue. No relationship.

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