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gumball

[guhm-bawl] /ˈgʌmˌbɔl/
noun
1.
a brightly colored ball of sugar-coated chewing gum.
Origin of gumball
1880-1885
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85; gum1 + ball1
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gumball

noun

The lights carried atop a police car; party hat: Don't believe in gumballs. I kinda like to sneak around, you know

verb

: A dozen police cars blocking the streets, their red-and-blue lights gumballing in all directions (1970s+)

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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