up a gum tree

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of up a gum tree

British, informal
:in a very difficult situation that one cannot get out of
  • If they don't deliver the parts we need, we'll really be up a gum tree!

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

tree play
  1. : a woody perennial plant having a single usually elongate main stem generally with few or no branches on its lower part

  2. : a shrub or herb of arborescent form

  3. : something in the form of or resembling a tree: such as

  1. : to drive to or up a tree

  2. : to put into a position of extreme disadvantage : corner

  3. : to furnish or fit (a shoe) with a tree


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