Green’s Dictionary of Slang

rum n.2

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rum bump (n.) (W.I.)

1. the adam’s apple.

[WI]Bennett, Clarke & Wilson Anancy Stories and Dialect Verse 37: Him too short, him head too big, him too mawga, him de head too lickle, him have rum-bump a him throat or him too ugly.
L. Goodison Fool-Fool Rose is Leaving 130: [He] pumped his ‘rum bump’ up and down like a piston until the glass was empty.

2. a swelling in the throat supposedly caused by excessive rum drinking.

[WI]cited in Cassidy & LePage Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).
rum-dum

see separate entries.

rum-hole (n.) (also rum-joint) [hole n.1 (2b)/joint n. (3b)]

(US) orig. a cheap tavern, specializing in rum; a bar, any cheap drinking place.

[US]N.-Y. Enquirer 4 June 2/3: Among the most common and destructive [gambling games] are Faro Banks, Roulette Tables, Billiard Tables, Card Tables, and Nine Pin Alleys; some of which are now almost invariably the accompaniments of the numerous ‘rum holes’ with which our city is thronged.
[US]Sun (N.Y.) 14 May 2/3: There is, at the present time, in this city, a rum-hole, a house of prostitution, an apothecary shop, and a coffin-ware-house, all under one roof [DA].
[US]Ohio Organ (Cincinnati, OH) 24 June 6/2: A horrible murder occurred at [...] a rum hole in Cincinnati.
[US]Yale Literary Mag. xxviii 139: There is in the village a rum-hole, which is destroying the peace and happiness of the community.
[US]Schele De Vere Americanisms 216: The State of New York alone [...] uses the term rum-holes for its smaller grog-shops.
[US]I. Alden Little Fishers v: I’ll hunt out towns where the fellows have just been left to stay in the streets, or else go to the rum-holes [DA].
[US]Kansas Agitator (Garnett, KS) 10 Mar. 4/4: Every rum hole in Wall Street and in the country at large rejoice that [etc].
[US]C.L. Cullen Tales of the Ex-Tanks 62: No customers were in the place, which was a pretty swell rum joint.
[US]G.D. Chase ‘Cape Cod Dialect’ in DN II:vi 427: rumhole, n. A liquor saloon.
[US]Custer Co. Republican (Broken Bow, NE) 10 Nov. 1/4: I still insist that the only place suitable for a Rum Joint is in the middle of hell.
[US]Cayton’s Wkly (Seattle, WA) 15 Mar. 2/1: There’ll be few gents in prison when Barleycorn’s got his’n, and locks the Rum Hole door.
[US]Londonderry Sifter (VT) 13 Oct. 4/1: When Fatty Arbuckle was ‘discovered’ for the movies he was a spitoon cleaner in a rum-hole.
[UK]Sun. Express (London) 24 June 8/4: They fought in a rum-joint and everyone joined in [DA].
rum hound (n.) [-hound sfx]

a heavy drinker.

Fulton Co. News (McConnelsburg, PA) 29 Jan. 8/4: The other old pal is just a rum hound.
[US]Ade Hand-made Fables 5: The amateur Rum-Hounds piled out at the Main Entrance to Liberty Hall.
[US]Wood & Goddard Dict. Amer. Sl.
[US]W.M. Raine Cool Customer 216: There’s one or two rum hounds among them.
[US]S.J. Simonsen Among the Sourdoughs 24: You can never tell what these rum-hounds will do.
rum-jar (n.)

(Aus.) a heavy drinker; a drunkard.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 30 May 12/1: It is within the power of the Melbourne magistrates to imprison a truculent solicitor. […] What a chance then for O’Malley […] to call up before him certain legal rum-jars which infest our police courts, charge them with daring to breathe, and give them life all round!
rum-mill (n.)

see separate entry.

rumpot (n.)

see separate entry.

rum repository (n.)

(US) a bar.

[US]Century Mag. 31 226: There is no church and no antipodal rum repository within its borders.
[US]Eve. Star (Wash., DC) 26 Nov. 14/4: A soldier and a sailor were engagded in a two-handed game of poker [...] in the rear of room of a Honolulu rum respository [...] A bar-tender [...] stood in the doorway watching.
[US]C.L. Cullen Tales of the Ex-Tanks 43: A couple of warm members, all togged out in fur coats, came out of a rum repository.
rum row (n.) [SE, on the lines of agglomerations of similar enterprises, e.g. Publishers’ Row, Restaurant Row etc.]

(US Und.) a bootlegger’s fleet, held in international waters and thus beyond US jurisdiction.

[US]Arizona Republican (Phoenix, AZ) 2 Sept. 7/3: Good-bye, old bootlegger, farewell old rum row.
B. Fisher ‘Mutt and Jeff’ [comic strip] Skipper, I want you to take me out to rum row.
[US]Phila. Eve. Bulletin 5 Oct. 40/4: Here are a few more terms and definitions from the ‘Racket’ vocabulary: [...] ‘rum row,’ a group of liquor-laden vessels at sea beyond jurisdiction.
rum slim (n.) [SE rum + var. on SAmE sling, a form of cocktail; ? ult. sling n.1 ]

rum punch.

[UK]G. Parker Life’s Painter 162: Bobstick of rum slim. That is, a shilling’s worth of punch .
[[UK]Morn. Chron. 12 June 3/3: Mine frients, it was not a rumsling — no, nor a ginsling; no, nor a mint vatersling].
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
rum-sucker (n.)

(US) a heavy, habitual drinker.

[US]Windham Co. Democrat (Brattleboro, VT) 21 July 1/5: She flew at him like a tiger; ‘Let her alone, you dirty rum-sucker,’ she cried.
Ypsilanti Sentinel (Wastenaw Co., MI) 10 Sept. 2/5: A rum-sucker declared tat he could beat any cold water fellow in jumping.
Ohio Organ (Cincinnati, OH) 16 Sept. 5/1: Not a single rum-sucker or rum-vendor [...] got a nomination.
[US]Wilmington Jrnl (NC) 29 Mar. 5/3: ‘I will fill thy bottle.’ [...] Then the rum sucker’s heart was made glad.
[US]Schele De Vere Americanisms 216: The habitual toper has conferred upon him the name of rum-sucker.
[US]Cooperstown Courier (ND) 13 Apr. 4/1: This impression was given by the rum sucker and rum seller, and those who have decided to stand by rum.
Globe Repub. (Dodge City, KS) 1 Jan. 1/6: No thanks, Mr Traveler; I am no rum sucker.
Goldsboro Wkly Argus (NC) 8 Sept. 8/3: Some red-noses rum-sucker would devise some means to get that bottle.
Manchester Jrnl (VT) 11 Mar. 8/4: ‘You look like a rum-sucker’ ‘I am’.
[UK]W. Chen Chutney Power and Stories 133: Bhola was a bigger rum-sucker than he.

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