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dum-dum

or dumb-dumb

[duhm-duhm]Slang.
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noun
  1. a silly, stupid person.
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adjective
  1. typical of a dum-dum: another dum-dum idea.
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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.

  • 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