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bosom chum

1. One's close or closest friend; a friend one holds dear to one's heart. We grew up right next door to each other, so we have been bosom chums since we were kids.
2. Lice on one's body. Ugh, I'm so itchy—I really hope my bosom chums aren't back.
See also: bosom, chum

bum chum

vulgar slang A derogatory term for a homosexual man's boyfriend or partner.
See also: bum, chum

chum up

To be friendly with someone. Why is Patrick chumming up to me all of a sudden? He's usually so distant.
See also: chum, up

chum up to (one)

To be friendly with someone Why is Patrick chumming up to me all of a sudden? He's usually so distant.
See also: chum, to, up

chum up with (one)

To be friendly with someone Why is Patrick chumming up with me all of a sudden? He's usually so distant.
See also: chum, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

chum up to someone

to try or seem to become friendly with someone. Todd chummed up to Martin. I don't want to have to chum up to anyone I don't want to work with.
See also: chum, to, up

chum up with someone

to become friendly with someone. He seems to have chummed up with Fred. Juan quickly chummed up with all the guys in his class.
See also: chum, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bosom chums

and bosom friends
n. lice. The old guy sat there scratching at his bosom chums. My bosom friends keep me awake all night.
See also: bosom, chum


n. a pal; a good friend. We’ve been chums for years. Went to college together.
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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