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  1. A hand, regarded as a grabbing tool
  2. : Have a glom at that leg, won't you?


  1. To grasp; seize: a contingency plan of creating wider seats for their popcorn-glomming customers
  2. glom on to
  3. To steal: ''Where'd you glahm 'em?'' I asked/ under the pretext of glomming a diamond from the strongbox
  4. To be arrested
  5. To look at; seize with the eyes; gander, glim: or walk around the corner to glom old smack heads, woozy winos and degenerates/ two new collections for the fashionable to glom

[1907+ Underworld & hoboes; fr British dialect glaum, glam, ''hand,'' ultimately fr Old English clamm, ''bond, grasp,'' related to clamp]

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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  • "Warrants have been issued for van Heerden and Milsom and the girl glaum," he said.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • As the man was so fussy and talkative they gave him a nickname and called him glaum.

  • He said he would go to the land to get supplies and that Illugi and glaum should remain behind.

  • Grettir was very angry and said it would only be right that glaum should have a hiding.

  • You, glaum, must in future guard the ladder every day and pull it up in the evening.

  • glaum said nothing, but on recognising the men cried out as loud as he could.

  • "glaum has got something; I must go out and see what it is," he said, and went out, taking his wood-cutting axe with him.

  • glaum, glam; to grab or grasp with the whole hand; to maul or pull about with the hands.

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