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dum-dum

or dumb-dumb

[duhm-duhm] /ˈdʌmˌdʌm/ Slang.
noun
1.
a silly, stupid person.
adjective
2.
typical of a dum-dum:
another dum-dum idea.
Origin of dum-dum
apparently reduplication and respelling of dumb
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  • Even the dum-dum does not invariably "set up" on striking an object.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • The bullet, fired at close range, had been almost as destructive as a dum-dum.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • She carried a light, sporting .303, its magazine loaded with dum-dum cartridges.

    Forging the Blades Bertram Mitford
  • I found a few hollow-nosed bullets, too, expanding like the dum-dum.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • My gun was loaded with dum-dum bullets, specially prepared for bucks.

    On Commando

    Dietlof Van Warmelo
  • It is a humane wound, and infinitely less injurious than the Martini and dum-dum.

    The Siege of Mafeking (1900) J. Angus Hamilton.
  • That's an old trick—makes the lead expand when it hits and tears an ugly hole, just like a 'dum-dum.'

    On Secret Service William Nelson Taft
  • Northward, the city stretches away three long miles, with three more miles of suburbs beyond, to dum-dum and Barrackpore.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
Slang definitions & phrases for dum-dum

dum-dum

adjective

: The only man safe enough to see is this dumdum cop

noun

A stupid or foolish person (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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