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be a crumb

slang To be loathsome, repellent, or untrustworthy. I can't believe you tried to run the bill up on us. You're a crumb, you know that? That guy's a total crumb. I can't believe they put him in charge—he's going to ruin this company's reputation!
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crum up

slang To ruin something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "crum" and "up." You crummed up this report so much that I can't even fix it!
See also: crum, up


slang A loathsome, repellent, untrustworthy person. I can't believe you tried to run the bill up on us, you crumb! I can't believe they put a crumb like him in charge. He's going to ruin this company's reputation!

crumb bum

1. noun Someone viewed with disdain, often a bum or tramp. When we lost all of our money in the stock market crash, we were really worried that we'd end up being crumb bums.
2. adjective Of poor quality. Darn it, my crumb bum suitcase fell apart as I was trying to pack it.
See also: bum, crumb

crumb down (something)

To wipe down something, especially a table, in order to clear away crumbs of food. Please be sure to crumb down the tables as soon as the guests leave.
See also: crumb, down


slang A young child. I babysat four crumb-crunchers today, and boy, did they tire me out!


slang A young child. I babysat four crumb-crushers today, and boy, did they tire me out!

crumbs from (one's) table

An insufficient or unfair amount of something provided by one when one has a sufficient or abundant amount. I know he can afford to pay me more, so I refuse to accept crumbs from his table.
See also: crumb, table

crumbs from the rich man's table

An insufficient or unfair amount of something provided by one who has an abundance. I know he can afford to pay me more, so I refuse to accept crumbs from the rich man's table
See also: crumb, rich, table

you crumb

An interjection said to a repulsive or irritating person. Oh, you crumb! How could you leave the house this filthy? I can't believe you tried to run the bill up on us, you crumb!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

crum something up

 and crumb something up
Sl. to mess something up. Who crummed the bird feeder up? Now don't crum up this deal. Who crumbed up my room?
See also: crum, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

crumbs from someone's (or a rich man's) table

an unfair and inadequate or unsatisfactory share of something.
Luke 16:21 describes the beggar Lazarus as ‘desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table’.
See also: crumb, table
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

crum something up

and crumb something up
tv. to mess something up; to louse something up. (See comments at crumb.) Now, don’t crum up this deal.
See also: crum, something, up

crumb something up

See also: crumb, something, up


n. a repellent person. (From an old slang word for a body louse. Most of the crum(b) entries refer to lice or lousy.) The old man was a real crumb and tried to cheat us.


and crumb-crusher
n. a child. How many crumb-crunchers do you have at home.


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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A Manchester council spokesman said: "We would clearly not fine somebody for accidentally leaving a few crumbs on the ground, but when people drop significant amounts of food, this is not a trivial matter, as it can attract rats and other pests.
Crumb grain has been defined in literature as the exposed cell structure of crumb when a leavened baked product is sliced [5-7] which can be generally seen as a two-phase soft cellular solid, consisting of a solid phase apparent in the cell wall structure and a fluid phase made up of air [8, 9].
In the view of these facts, the present project was carried out to determine the outcome of extrusion cooking temperature on the properties and acceptability of bread crumb prepared by oven baking and extrusion cooking method.
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When Henry is full of crumbs then just pop his hat off and empty him out.
Pour bread crumbs, flour, and whites into 3 shallow bowls.
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Crumbs has also worked on commercials, including the Golf GTI advert in which a digital Gene Kelly did trendy dance moves to Singing in the Rain.
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