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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.
See also: around, bum
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: around, bum
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bum around

in. to wander around; to kick around. I thought I’d bum around for a few years before I settled down.
See also: around, bum
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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My father worked from afternoon to midnight, bummed around with friends until dawn, came home and slept till noon, then got up for lunch and prepared to go to his office before 3 p.m.
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.
When she was in her 20s, she "bummed around the world with friends," hitching a ride on a private plane to South America, hopping freight trains in Canada and traveling from Brazil to Paraguay in a truck.
While my teammates bummed around the hotel, I'd go off into the city for a look around.
After he was demobbed he "bummed around a bit" in local journalism before applying to the BBC at the age of 24.
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.
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.'