Gum

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Definition

the gums (anatomy): the pink flesh inside the mouth into which the teeth are fixed
noun
Chewing tobacco is bad for your gums. It damages the pink part of your mouth.

(a piece of) chewing gum: (a piece of) a soft sweet that is chewed but not swallowed, bubble gum
noun
Attention, chewing gum is never preceded by the article a:

Would you like some chewing gum? Would you like a piece of chewing gum? Be careful not to swallow it!
a stick of gum a long piece of a soft sweet that is chewed but not swallowed, a long piece of bubble gum

Pronunciation examples
UK: Please don't chew gum in my lesson. Go and put it in the bin.
US: I have very healthy teeth and gums.
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Examples

  • "Several wads of chewing gum wedged beneath the paper tray"
  • "Your business card was attached to the patient's buttocks with chewing gum. He refuses to reveal his name, and broke a fire-extinguisher during check in."
  • "We will be using a local anesthetic to numb your gums, so please let us know if you are allergic to any medication."
  • "This is a reminder from Dr. Pulyer Molar and the Happy Gums Dental Care Clinic for Mr. Bruno Delavigne."

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