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II.9 The 'chew' group
These verbs are concerned with biting or consuming something. We include here puff, which is concerned with smoking.
chew gnaw nibble nip peck pick puff sip snap suck chomp away munch away nibble away puff away
He chewed at the end of his pencil, thinking out the next problem.
It was winter and the sparrows were pecking at whatever they could find under the trees.
The men puffed at their cigars.
He sipped at his coffee and spread butter and marmalade on a roll.