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Definition of bum noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [countable] (informal)
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  1. 1a person who has no home or job, and who asks other people for money or food
  2. 2a lazy person who does nothing for other people or for society He's nothing but a no-good bum!
  3. 3(in compounds) a person who spends a lot of time doing a certain activity instead of on serious work a ski bum a beach bum
  4. 4(Canadian English) (informal) the part of the body that you sit on
  5. Idioms
    give somebody/get the bum's rush (informal)
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    to force someone/be forced to leave a place quickly He soon got the bum's rush from the club.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bum

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