plum tree


Definition of plum tree

2 slang : a source of advantage (as political favors or appointments) never one to hesitate before shaking the plum tree for himself or his intimates

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History and Etymology for plum tree

Middle English plumtre, from Old English plūmtrēow, from plūme plum + trēow tree

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“Plum tree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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