gum up (something)

Definition of gum up (something)

informal

  1. :  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

  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 (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

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

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

    :  up into or in the

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

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

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

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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