on the bum

adj, adv
1a.
on the road. Leading the life of a hobo or tramp.
► 'Just about a year ago I took off on the bum.' (Lyrics from 'Lodi', written by John Fogerty and recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1968)
1b.
engaged in cadging or begging. From the verb to bum.
2.
malfunctioning, out of order. A less common synonym of 'on the blink', bum here meaning dud or useless.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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