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glom (someone or something)

1. To steal something. That guy looks suspicious—I bet he's gonna try to glom something from the store.
2. To look at someone or something. We all glommed the rock star as he made his way through the crowd.
3. To arrest someone. After trying to glom these guys for months, we were finally able to bring them into the station tonight.
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glom on (to someone or something)

1. To stick, hold, or cling on (to someone or something). I was horrified to see that several leeches had glommed on when I got out of the lake. My four-year-old always gloms on to my arm whenever we go into a new place together.
2. To remain persistently or desperately in someone else's company. My annoying little brother always gloms on whenever I am hanging out with my friends. I wasn't close with them in high school, but they were the only people I knew in the university, so I decided to glom on to their group until I made some new friends.
3. To focus one's interest or attention on (to someone or something). Mainstream news outlets have glommed on to the story of the young child raised by wolves.
4. To come to realize or understand something. It took me a while to glom on, but eventually I figured out what they were talking about. The CEO finally glommed on to the fact that Margaret had been stealing from the company.
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glom onto (someone or something)

1. To cling to someone or something. I was horrified to see that several leeches had glommed onto me. My four-year-old always gloms onto my arm whenever we go into a new place together.
2. To remain persistently or desperately in someone else's company. My annoying little brother always gloms onto me and my friends whenever we're hanging out together. I wasn't close with them in high school, but they were the only people I knew in the university, so I decided to glom onto their group until I made some new friends of my own.
3. To focus one's interest or attention on someone or something. Mainstream news outlets have glommed onto the story of the young child raised by wolves.
4. To come to realize or understand something. It took me a while to glom onto what they were all talking about. The CEO finally glommed onto the fact that Margaret had been stealing from the company.
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glommed

slang Arrested. Dude, I hear sirens—we're gonna get glommed if we stay here any longer!
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glom

(glɑm)
1. tv. to steal something. (Underworld.) He gloms just about everything he needs.
2. tv. to take a look at someone or something. (Underworld.) Come over here and glom the view of the bank from this window.
3. tv. to arrest someone. The copper glommed Fred on Tuesday.

glommed

(glɑmd)
mod. arrested. (Underworld.) Wilmer got glommed on a speeding charge. I didn’t even know he could drive.
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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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Buckingham has been no stranger to the difficulties of stoking that machine, having drawn label ire with Mac's experimental "Rumors" follow-up, "Tusk," and he's upfront about his struggles to drum up the proper exec enthusiasm for "Seeds." ("Even Rob Cavallo tried to glom it off on some other label," he says, speaking of the WBR chairman.) Hence, he plans to release this one independently.
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