Those brick-laying years chumming it up with calloused day laborers in Sydney are finally paying off.
“Been hunting the buffalo and chumming up with his old friend, Spotted Bull,” said Arkroyd.
So far they had gone no further than chumming like old friends.
Thomas Mugridge was beside himself, a blithering imbecile, so pleased was he at chumming thus with the captain.
We found him chumming with the horse, and called him out of the stable.
The subject of this reflection was quite happy in the bow, chumming with The Crew.
So they are an odd pair to be chumming now in the Arctic circle.
Ain't that what I've been tryin' to preach to you ever since we've been chumming together?
Early next morning the newsboy went around the cars, and chumming on a more extended principle became the order of the hour.
The main unit, comprising the vessels equipped with the live-bait tanks, were to begin "chumming" at once within a given area.
"friend," 1680s, originally university slang for "roommate," from alternative spelling of cham, short for chamber(mate); typical of the late-17c. fondness for clipped words. Among derived forms used 19c. were chumship; chummery "shared bachelor quarters," chummage "system of quartering more than one to a room."
"fish bait," 1857, perhaps from Scottish chum "food."
: Augie, start dumping the chum over
To throw ground-up bait into the water to attract fish: to chum for blues
[1850s+; origin unknown]
(also chum around): He chums with Georgie Ogle (1880s+)
[origin uncertain, but earlier uses strongly suggest chamber-mate or chamber-fellow as the etymon]