One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A firm fruit-flavoured sweet made with gelatin or gum arabic.
- ‘Some had sporting themes such as horse racing or football, and prizes would vary from a packet of fruit gums to a pack of cigarettes.’
- ‘Even his mouth is sweet, like he'd been chewing fruit gum or something.’
- ‘Confectionery such as this and fruit gums will generally cause blood sugar levels to sky-rocket and induce surges of insulin.’
- ‘Yet the Zanucks have been married now for 12 years - an eternity by Hollywood's standards, where marriages last about as long as a fruit gum.’
- ‘This is an evening entirely without the snobbery that so often infects theatre: you can eat fruit gums all the way through, and nobody minds if the kids sing along with the songs they know.’
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