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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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As his workmates whistled on, Ian said: "You don't see much of the builders' bum around nowadays, so this is definitely a very nice surprise.
But she was so infatuated with the idea of sex with a boy in uniform she could not resist pinching his bum around the camp fire or caressing him behind the scout hut.
The comedy star is in higher spirits now - but then, who wouldn't be with a pal like Kate to bum around with?
4pm: Bum around with mates, smoking, watching DVDs, playing war games on computer.
Stuart said: "Yeah, I'm up for that, bum around and see what happens.
Most people only stay and work, or just bum around for a couple of months, then go home.
Last year, in a dig at Kylie, Holly famously swiped: "I don't want to be still wiggling my bum around when I'm 30.
A young head on young shoulders, 19-year-old Holly says: "I don't want to be wiggling my bum around when I'm 30.