gum up (something)

Definition of gum up (something)

informal
:to prevent (something) from working or flowing properly
  • Don't use that paper with the copier; you'll gum it up.
  • The highway construction has really gummed up traffic.
  • The bearings are all gummed up with mud.

Word by Word Definitions

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

  1. : to enlarge gullets of (a saw)

  2. : 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

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

  3. : 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

  2. : to exude or form gum

  3. : to become gummy

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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