up a gum tree

Definition of up a gum tree

British, informal

  1. :  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

  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

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

    :  a shrub or herb of arborescent form

    :  a piece of wood (such as a post or pole) usually adapted to a particular use or forming part of a structure or implement

  1. :  to drive to or up a tree

    :  to put into a position of extreme disadvantage :  corner

    :  to bring to bay

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to criticize severely

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