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[usually in combination] Combined with; also used as (used to describe things with a dual nature or function):‘a study-cum-bedroom’
- ‘We ended up in this nightclub cum bowling alley - bizarre little place.’
- ‘The young winger cum full-back has suffered a serious recurrence of a knee injury and a specialist has said he needs to undergo full knee reconstruction.’
- ‘Initially, he worked as a shepherd, but these days the 64-year-old earns his keep as a school handyman cum lollipop man.’
- ‘I imagined the interior of my brain as a stuffed, antiquated file room cum library.’
- ‘Having the two chefs cum waiters serving there is no need for her or anyone else to run around making sure everyone is being looked after.’
- ‘It is a peek inside a highly personal diary cum living photo album.’
- ‘In the last six months, his property - a business premises cum residence - has been broken into three times.’
- ‘The film veers away from the teacher's acute grief and becomes plot-driven - an escape drama cum love story.’
- ‘The result was an anguished 1,500-word confession cum apologia.’
- ‘This is a smart move, because otherwise the whole thing would be so creaky and old-fashioned that only the most determined Christie fan cum couch potato would watch it.’
- ‘This unusual but charming book is a travel guide - cum - recipe book exploring the people and palate of the Italian capital where the author grew up.’
- ‘He is a political science academic cum activist who regularly contributes to the media and think tanks.’
- ‘The same applies to his long-running Korean-war vet cum knight errant.’
- ‘The pillar bases in these photographs belong to a stupa - cum - monastery complex.’
- ‘There is also a separate bathroom and a large kitchen cum living room.’
- ‘There will be a minimum of ten overhead apartments, a restaurant, a licensed premises cum nightclub, and many other facilities.’
- ‘They were more than happy to be involved in the process of selecting the new crop of anchors cum reporters and in training them.’
- ‘Kilcullen had, in the 1980's, acquired a new community centre cum sports hall.’
- ‘Have you wondered what the advantage of a rock star cum blogger is?’
- ‘It is understood that it plans to provide a first floor coffee shop cum restaurant and to open a retail outlet on the ground floor.’
Late 19th century: Latin.
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