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bum around

1. To wander aimlessly. My brother still doesn't have a job or a home—he's just been bumming around and staying at friends' houses. Whenever I visit a new city, I like to bum around for a while on foot just to get a feel for the place.
2. To visit bars regularly. He doesn't bum around anymore—in fact, I heard he stopped drinking altogether.
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bum around (with someone)

to spend or waste a lot of time with a particular person. He used to bum around with Ted a lot. They bummed around together all summer.
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bum around

1. Loaf, wander idly, as in After graduating he decided to bum around Europe for a year. [Mid-1800s]
2. Frequent bars or nightclubs, as in Her father accused her of bumming around half the night and threatened to cut off her allowance . In the mid-1800s to bum was slang for going on a drinking spree. A century later, with the addition of around, it simply meant going to saloons or clubs.
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bum around

in. to wander around; to kick around. I thought I’d bum around for a few years before I settled down.
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Ai Weiwei bummed around in New York in the 1980s where he took in liberal doses of our highly developed use of publicity--an American specialty brought to perfection with the help of Sigmund Freud.
For a few years after that, he bummed around local institutions of higher learning concentrating on, in his words, co-ed softball and cheap beer.
While my teammates bummed around the hotel, I'd go off into the city for a look around.
Before the storm upended their lives, Leonard shot magazine assignments and took portraits; Weinroth bummed around the country and learned about new kinds of cuisine.
We've bummed around so long with this idea that some youngsters who dreamt one day of playing there have played their testimonials.
During his first 25 years, McQueen was abandoned by both parents, did time in Reform School and bummed around the world.
During his first 25 years, McQueen was abandoned by both parents, did time in reform school and bummed around the world doing everything from working in a brothel to spending three years with the Marines.
You can also get bummed around the end of summer vacation or the end of a holiday.
He'd landed the job by meeting a Canadian coterie at the Cannes festival, where he bummed around as a wannabe filmmaker, sleeping on the beach and sneaking into movies with a fake pass.
And even then, Bush is likely to be more comfortable --as in Texas--with people who have bummed around in less intellectually-pretentious precincts, as he has himself.
After his "retirement" five years later - the pre-fab boy group replaced its members when they turned 17 - Martin finished high school in Puerto Rico and then bummed around New York for a year.
Zoe admitted: "I went through a major image crisis then, did no work and just bummed around.
Somewhat disillusioned, and with no particular destination in mind, they bummed around all summer, and eventually landed in Portland last fall.
He bummed around until he was 27 and then went back into college because he left school at 16 and had no A-levels.
I bummed around for 10 years doing auditions and stuff, with people telling me I wasn't talented.