by gum

Definition of by gum

informal + old-fashioned

  1. —used to show surprise or determination I looked it up, and by gum, she was right! By gum, I really mean it this time!

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the tissue that surrounds the necks of teeth and covers the alveolar parts of the jaws

    :  the alveolar portion of a jaw with its enveloping soft tissues

  1. :  to enlarge gullets of (a saw)

    :  to chew with the gums

  1. :  any of numerous colloidal polysaccharide substances of plant origin that are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying and are salts of complex organic acids — compare mucilage 1

    :  any of various plant exudates (such as an oleoresin or gum resin)

    :  a substance or deposit resembling a plant gum (as in sticky or adhesive quality)

  1. :  to clog, impede, or damage with or as if with gum

    :  to exude or form gum

    :  to become gummy

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a trip made at another's expense

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