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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.
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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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