Bum-clock

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bum-clock (Scot.) a drone-beetle
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. bumble, freq. of Bum, and Bee.

Usage

In literature:

They were to meet at three o'clock, "just to bum," as the girl said, laughing.
"The Story Of Julia Page" by Kathleen Norris
The bee, the harp, the mouse and the bum-clock.
"Lists of Stories and Programs for Story Hours" by Various
When the man lifted the Mouse and the Bum-clock into his pocket, they all stopped dancing and settled down, and everybody laughed right hearty.
"Stories to Read or Tell from Fairy Tales and Folklore" by Laure Claire Foucher
Last night I was coming along home after work about two o'clock, and it was cold and rainy and a miserably bum night.
"Living Up to Billy" by Elizabeth Cooper
Every now and then a 'bum-clock' boomed overhead, and then fell 'splotch' to earth.
"Lives of the Fur Folk" by M. D. Haviland
When the man lifted the mouse and the bum-clock into his pocket they all stopped dancing and settled down, and everybody laughed right hearty.
"The Fairy Ring" by Various
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In poetry:

Yet mair -- by yonder horned moon,
Its clear ye're a' hornmad as soon
As clocks Beate fix;
Sweet, sweet the sounding warning comes!
And sitting down on stubborn bums
Ye a' turn -- lunatics.
"To The Members Of The Sober Society; Sent To The Same With An Engraving" by Hector MacNeill