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A tree that exudes gum, especially a eucalyptus.
- ‘They were all here this morning, all five of them under the gum tree and they were making a lot of noise because there was an intruder, so they had to address that immediately.’
- ‘He conducted the first Wesleyan Church service under a gum tree and was later instrumental in the building of the Richman's Creek Methodist Church.’
- ‘The only time I got close to a real Christmas tree was in primary school, when we had a branch from a gum tree stuck in a pot and decorated with hand-made paper ornaments.’
- ‘Only in Australia are two genera, Eucalyptus and Acacia - more familiarly, the gum tree and the wattle - able to dominate a continent.’
- ‘To get there you had to follow specific instructions - turn left at the fallen gum tree, right at the tea-tree with the pink ribbon dangling from it and walk straight ahead until you see the rusty pipe jutting from the ground.’
- ‘She had her hands around his neck and her whole body was sticking to his like a little koala who was hugging the gum tree, the people who was meant to stop her from doing that had their eyes wide opened, and shocked.’
- ‘This brings us to the gum tree, or more specifically, to Eucalyptus globulus, grown widely as a source of wood-pulp.’
- ‘Most of the wall is taken up by window, and although it only faces the college hall across the road, a couple of parked cars, a big gum tree, a sloping bank of grass and a half-window of sky, it's great!’
- ‘Well now there is a very unusual coaster bus towing a very colourful van with all sorts of contraptions attached - like a clothes line and a blue gum tree.’
- ‘In the sparse, green backyard, sleeping at the base of a gum tree, lay Dennis, her orange striped cat.’
- ‘In a gum tree nearby, were three other crows, presumably standing guard, or awaiting their turn at the beauty salon.’
- ‘Her 1921 painting of a gum tree by Australian artist Arthur Streeton was valued for insurance purposes at £50,000.’
- ‘Neighbour Ian Kinny, whose memorial garden along with a gum tree, bottlebrush and shrubs were destroyed, described the impact of the attack as ‘extremely cruel’.’
- ‘For example, every leaf (extraordinary coincidences aside) that drifts to, or is blown to, the ground from the gum tree outside my window tracks a new route, in that no other leaf has arrived at the ground in just that way.’
- ‘Not terribly far from here at Griffith University they're working on a substance that they get from the bark of a certain gum tree which is supposed to be ten times more powerful as a painkiller than morphine.’
- ‘One unforgettable night, I shine a torch high up into the gum tree of our back yard and see, perched there, two tiny Leadbeater possums, pink noses twitching.’
- ‘We got up yesterday morning and I looked out the window and caught sight of a group of balloons hanging over the gum tree out the back so we all leapt into the car and headed out to have a look.’
- ‘There used to be a huge gum tree in the front yard which shaded the house a little and provided a barrier between our windows and those of the high-school over the road.’
- ‘For instance, sitting under a gum tree celebrating the Eucharist as a more relevant setting, with people sitting on the ground around, rather than all in a pews in the church looking at an altar.’
- ‘A slight breeze moves the leaves of the big gum tree.’
up a gum tree
informal In or into a predicament:‘offers of devolution will lead ministers straight up a gum tree’
in difficulty, in difficulties, having problems, in a mess, in a bad way, in a predicament, in desperate straits, in dire straits, heading for disaster, heading for the rocks, with one's back against the wallView synonyms
- ‘At Heathrow last week thousands of Brits found themselves up a gum tree, as British Airways, plagued by staff shortages and technical hitches, scrapped more than 100 flights to and from the airport.’
- ‘I'm all for that approach because we're all up a gum tree with romance.’
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