Chew the fat

What does "Chew the fat" mean?

Today it means: Chat, discuss, debate, natter.

In the days when meat was preserved in brine to preserve it, the fat (and probably the meat too) became quite hard and chewy. Whilst still edible, it would take a lot of chewing so as to make the diner either look like he's talking a lot or maybe he actually was talking a lot because of the time it took to chew.

See also: Scraping the barrel.   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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