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- v. Present participle of gum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A disease in trees bearing stone-fruits, as cherries, plums, apricots, peaches, and almonds.
- n. The treatment of the prepared and etched lithographic stone with gum-water, to cause the untouched portions to resist the ink. See lithography.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. ineffectual chewing (as if without teeth)
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It consists in gumming together long strips of words which have already been set in order by someone else, and making the results presentable by sheer humbug.
Political discourse has reverted to soundbites, the process Orwell described as 'gumming together long strips of words, which have already been set in order by someone else.'
That snippet of him "gumming" was not nearly enough.
You got the sense from Senator Dodd and I hear it from a lot of the Democrats that somehow Senator McCain and the House Republicans are kind of gumming up the works here for political grandstanding and making a lot of people on both parties annoyed.
Pray, make a request that she might go "gumming" with the other girls that afternoon.
Probably Socrates could cook no better than Old Phelps, and no doubt went "gumming" about
Probably Socrates could cook no better than Old Phelps, and no doubt went "gumming" about Athens with very little care of what was in the pot for dinner.
Right now I would be gumming at yogurt and crying my eyes out.
We may think we're working, but we're gumming up the works, distancing ourselves from the people and events we might think we are manipulating but comprehend imperfectly.
But today's greasers typically tweak their rides with kits that can cost a few thousand dollars, to avoid gumming up modern filters and hoses.