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WHO SAID IT: A QUIZ ON PRESIDENTIAL WIT AND WISDOM

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Question 1 of 9
“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

Idioms for bum

    bum (someone) out, Slang. to disappoint, upset, or annoy: It really bummed me out that she could have helped and didn't.
    on the bum, Informal.
    1. living or traveling as or in a manner suggesting that of a hobo or tramp.
    2. in a state of disrepair or disorder: The oven is on the bum again.

Origin of bum

1
First recorded in 1860–65, Americanism; perhaps shortening of or back formation from bummer1; adjective senses of unclear relation to sense “loafer” and perhaps of distinct origin

Definition for bum (2 of 3)

bum2
[ buhm ]
/ bʌm /

noun Chiefly British Slang.

the buttocks; rump.

Origin of bum

2
1350–1400; Middle English bom; of uncertain origin

Definition for bum (3 of 3)

bum3
[ buhm ]
/ bʌm /

noun Military Slang.

a reproduction of a document made with copying equipment.
a bag into which classified waste is put in preparation for destruction.

Origin of bum

3
perhaps as shortening of bumf or bumfodder;def. 2 presumably as shortening of bum bag
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British Dictionary definitions for bum (1 of 2)

bum1
/ (bʌm) /

noun

British slang the buttocks or anus

Word Origin for bum

C14: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for bum (2 of 2)

bum2
/ (bʌm) informal /

noun

verb bums, bumming or bummed

adjective

(prenominal) of poor quality; useless
wrong or inappropriatea bum note

Word Origin for bum

C19: probably shortened from earlier bummer a loafer, probably from German bummeln to loaf
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Idioms and Phrases with bum

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