chewing gum


Definition of chewing gum 

: a sweetened and flavored insoluble plastic material (such as a preparation of chicle) used for chewing

Examples of chewing gum in a Sentence

a piece of chewing gum

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Science tends to back up Suarez’s feelings about the value of chewing gum. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Eugenio Suarez Can Run, Hit, Throw and Chew Gum at the Same Time," 2 Aug. 2018 There is a silver lining, though: This study only measured the effect of chewing gum before meals. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Chewing Gum Might Make You Reach for the Chips," 20 Mar. 2013 Soften your left hand, wrists like chewing gum snapping back! Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "Harry Potter Doesn’t Dance. But He Sure Can Move.," 10 July 2018 And what would any New York re-creation be without its neighborhood staple—the bodega? Instead of selling breakfast sandwiches and packs of chewing gum however, the Bardi Baby Bodega contained baby bottles and diapers wrapped in pink ribbon. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Exclusive Photos From Cardi B’s Bronx Fairy-Tale Baby Shower," 28 June 2018 Police sent an undercover team last month to a school where Rowe was performing, collecting his used water bottle and chewed gum. Washington Post, "DJ charged in teacher’s ‘92 killing a regular at kid events," 27 June 2018 This is not the place for designer duds because the critters often regard clothing as chewing gum. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona road trip: Williams has Route 66, Bearizona and cool summer fun," 15 June 2018 Make sure to pack a piece of chewing gum before you board, or yawn to relieve ear pressure. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "What can I bring in a carry-on bag? And other travel tips from Delta and TSA," 15 June 2018 The city-state’s press and elections are tightly controlled, and even chewing gum is famously banned here. Time, "Singapore's Sentosa Island Takes an Unlikely Geopolitical Role as Host of the Trump-Kim Summit," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of chewing gum

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chewing gum was in 1850

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English Language Learners Definition of chewing gum

: a type of soft candy that you chew on but do not swallow

chewing gum

chew·​ing gum | \ˈchü-iŋ-\

Kids Definition of chewing gum

: a sweetened and flavored soft material (as of chicle) that is chewed but not swallowed

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