1. impertinent, abusive talk, chatter; thus one who talks impertinently.
|Analecta II (1842) 333: Bradbury was hissed at the meeting [...] Not a feu Ministers enterteaned some gumm* (*Offence, umbrage).|
|Peregrine Pickle (1964) 74: Pshaw! Pshaw! Brother, there’s no occasion to bowse out so much unnecessary gum.|
|Tuesday Club BK XII in Micklus (1995) 278: She tipd me the Gum very Cleanly, [...] The Brimston, she wheedled so beenly.|
|Disappointment I ii: Give us none of your gum, you spawlpeen of perdition!|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Gum, abusive language. Come, let us have no more of your gum.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Yankey in England 34: I won’t hear none of your gum.|
|Americans Abroad I i: Come, none of your gum.|
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|Widow Bedott Papers (1883) 29: Go ’long, you everlastin’ old gum. I won’t hear another word.|
|Londres et les Anglais 315/1: gum, langage insultant.|
2. (US) a trick or deception; occas. attrib.
|‘Moll Blowse of Saffron Hill’ in Flash Casket 98: And vhen the gallows gum I cotch’d, / And no more could stand, / She physic’d me vith pills and vash.|
|New Purchase I 255: Now this, reader, was all gum; Sam could not read a word.|
|College Words (rev. edn) 244: gum. A trick; a deception.|
|Hoosier School-Master (1892) 153: You don’t come your gum games over me.|
(UK Und.) abusive talk.
|New and Improved Flash Dict.|
SE in slang uses
(US black) conversation, talk.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 105: I’m coming on hard with the gum action and the fresh water trout is jumping and nibbling.|
see separate entries.
|Eye 16 Aug. [Internet] Their arrival in Toronto will spark the usual gum-bumping in the daily newspapers.‘A cock ’n’ pull story’ in|
|Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] The detective was in no humour for the kind of gum-bumping that Martin specialised in.|
|Newsletter (Sydney) 30 Mar. 16/1: A youthful member of the ‘Upper Ten’ [...] stepped into a dentist’s-shop in George-street not long ago [...] As there was nothing the matter with her ivories, the ‘gum digger’ desired to know the reason.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Dec. 19/3: If the Maoriland gum-digging argument is not quite worn to rags, permit me to mention another method which the ‘dentist’ (a gum-digger once described himself as a dentist, and the name sticks) employs to secure the coveted ‘kapia.’.|
|Murrumbidgee Irrigator (Leeton, NSW) 21 June 4/3: THE KAISER’S GUM DIGGER. The German Emperor's American dentist, Dr. Newton Davis, arrived recently.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 33: Gumdigger, a dentist.|
|N.Z. 117: New Zealanders have coined or adapted many expressions to meet local requirements, as illustrated by the following: [...] gumdigger: dentist.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 233/1: fang carpenter (gum digger, gum puncher) – dentist.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 53/2: gumdigger/gumpuncher dentist.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
empty, boastful chatter.
|Burlington Free Press 12 June 6A: No amount of gum flapping by John Irving should obscure Act 60’s goal: equity for Vermont school children and tax payers.|
|(con. 1965) Times Square 11: Some had no teeth. ‘What’s the difference,’ the sergeant commented once, ‘they can give ya a gum job for two bucks.’.|
see gum-beating n.
(Aus.) a dentist.
|implied in gum-digger|
|Sporting Times n.p.: They were fiances, and proposed to celebrate the occurrence by having a few of her less showy molars uprooted at his expense. When the gum-smasher had got to work he found it was rather a tougher job than he had anticipated [B&L].|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
see separate entries.
1. (US) an alcoholic drink.
|Portfolio Ser. 4 I 401: Do you love your glass, every hour brings with it a fresh bumper. There [i.e. the US] you have the gum-tickler, the phlegm-cutter, the gall-breaker, the antifogmatic.|
|Quarterly Rev. X 521: A gill, taken fasting, is called a gum-tickler [F&H].|
|Hermit in America on Visit to Phila. 2nd series 207: Why do we not abandon our gum-ticklers and phlegm-cutters,—our cocktails and clear-comforters [...]?|
|Clockmaker III 147: Name your drink, my man, and let’s have a gum tickler, for old acquaintance.|
|Hereford Jrnl 19 Apr. 4/1: He takes his gum-tickler in a filthy bar-room.|
|DA].New World I 300: Cold punch, gum ticklers, and neck twisters, drinks of Yankee concoction [|
|Season Ticket 9: They ain’t no compounds here, no mint juleps [...] sherry cobblers, gum ticklers, phlegm cutters, chain lightning, or sudden death.|
|Our Mutual Friend (1994) 659: Mr Venus [...] produced some rum. In answer to the inquiry, ‘Will you mix it, Mr Wegg?’ that gentleman pleasantly rejoined, ‘I think not, sir. On so auspicious an occasion, I prefer to take it in the form of a Gum-Tickler.’.|
|Portsmouth Eve. News 8 Nov. 3/5: American Drinks [...] gum tickler [...] a ‘yard of flannel’, washed down with an ‘eye opener’.|
|Belfast Morn. News 13 Sept. 4/3: The famous American ‘gum tickler’.|
2. (orig. US) a dentist.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
see separate entry.