gum up
Gum Gum, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gummed} (g[u^]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Gumming}.] 1. To smear with gum; to close with gum; to unite or stiffen by gum or a gumlike substance; to make sticky with a gumlike substance. [1913 Webster]

He frets like a gummed velvet. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To chew with the gums, rather than with the teeth. [PJC]

{gum up} (a) To block or clog (a conduit) with or as if with gum; as, to gum up the drainpipe. (b) to interfere with; to spoil. [Slang] [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • gum up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms gum up : present tense I/you/we/they gum up he/she/it gums up present participle gumming up past tense gummed up past participle gummed up informal 1) to cause things to be stuck together or covered in a… …   English dictionary

  • gum up — PHRASAL VERB To gum something up means to stop it working properly or efficiently. [INFORMAL] [V P n (not pron)] Regulators may gum up an efficient system... [be V ed P] The house price chain is gummed up. [Also V n P] …   English dictionary

  • gum up — {v.}, {slang} To cause not to work or ruin; spoil; make something go wrong. Often used in the phrase gum up the works . * /Jimmy has gummed up the typewriter./ Syn.: THROW A MONKEY WRENCH …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • gum up — {v.}, {slang} To cause not to work or ruin; spoil; make something go wrong. Often used in the phrase gum up the works . * /Jimmy has gummed up the typewriter./ Syn.: THROW A MONKEY WRENCH …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • gum\ up — v slang To cause not to work or ruin; spoil; make something go wrong. Often used in the phrase gum up the works . Jimmy has gummed up the typewriter. Syn.: throw a monkey wrench …   Словарь американских идиом

  • gum up —  Spoil, dislocate. Usu. gum up the works Cause confusion in matters; cause things to stop …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • gum up — Synonyms and related words: ball up, bitch, bitch up, blow, bobble, bollix, bollix up, bonehead into it, bugger, bugger up, bungle, cook, crab, cramp, crimp, drop a brick, flub, foul up, goof, goof up, gum, hash up, louse up, mess up, muck up,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • gum up — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To harm irreparably through inept handling; make a mess: ball up, blunder, boggle, botch, bungle, foul up, fumble, mess up, mishandle, mismanage, muddle, muff, spoil. Informal: bollix up, muck up. Slang: blow1, goof up …   English dictionary for students

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