beat one's gums
beat one's gums
to waste time talking a great deal without results. (As if one were toothless.) •

I'm tired of beating my gums about this over and over.

You're just beating your gums. No one is listening.

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{v. phr.}, {slang} To engage in idle talk, or meaningless chatter; generally to talk too much. * /"Stop beating your gums, Jack," Joe cried. "I am falling asleep."/ Compare: CHEW THE FAT or CHEW THE RAG, SHOOT THE BREEZE or BAT THE BREEZE or FAN THE BREEZE or SHOOT THE BULL.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • beat one's gums — {v. phr.}, {slang} To engage in idle talk, or meaningless chatter; generally to talk too much. * / Stop beating your gums, Jack, Joe cried. I am falling asleep. / Compare: CHEW THE FAT or CHEW THE RAG, SHOOT THE BREEZE or BAT THE BREEZE or FAN… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beat one’s gums — tv. to waste time talking a great deal without results. □ I’m tired of beating my gums about this stuff. □ You’re just beating your gums. No one is listening …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • beat\ one's\ gums — v. phr. slang To engage in idle talk, or meaningless chatter; generally to talk too much. Stop beating your gums, Jack, Joe cried. I am falling asleep. Compare: chew the fat or chew the rag, shoot the breeze or bat the breeze or fan the breeze or …   Словарь американских идиом

  • beat one's gums — vp To talk. We were just sitting around, beating our gumsabout nothing. 1920s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • beat one's gums — phrasal : to talk continually or excessively : to talk with little effect …   Useful english dictionary

  • wag one's chin — See: BEAT ONE S GUMS, CHEW THE FAT, CHEW THE RAG, SHOOT THE BREEZE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wag one's chin — See: BEAT ONE S GUMS, CHEW THE FAT, CHEW THE RAG, SHOOT THE BREEZE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wag\ one's\ chin — See: beat one s gums, chew the fat, chew the rag, shoot the breeze …   Словарь американских идиом

  • gum — gum1 gumless, adj. gumlike, adj. /gum/, n., v., gummed, gumming. n. 1. any of various viscid, amorphous exudations from plants, hardening on exposure to air and soluble in or forming a viscid mass with water. 2. any of various similar exudations …   Universalium

  • gum — gum1 [gum] n. [ME gomme < OFr < LL gumma < L gummi, cummi < Gr kommi < Egypt qmyt] 1. a sticky, colloidal carbohydrate found in certain trees and plants, which dries into an uncrystallized, brittle mass that dissolves or swells in… …   English World dictionary

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