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1‘bums would wander up and ask for a sandwich’
2‘get out of bed, you lazy bum’
idler, loafer, good-for-nothing, wastrel, drone, scrounger, cadger, ne'er-do-well, do-nothing, layabout, slob, lounger, shirker, sluggard, laggard, slugabed, malingerer
rogue, rascal, scoundrel, villain
waster, loser, skiver, slacker, lazybones
1‘he bummed around Florida for a few months’
loaf, lounge, idle, laze, languish, moon, stooge, droop, dally, dawdle, amble, potter, wander, drift, meander
North American lollygag, bat
2‘they tried to bum money off him’
scrounge, beg, borrow
cadge, sponge, touch someone for
Scottish sorn on someone for
North American mooch
NZ Australian bludge
1‘they have had a bum deal’
bad, poor, inferior, second-rate, second-class, unsatisfactory, inadequate, unacceptable, substandard, not up to scratch, not up to par, deficient, imperfect, defective, faulty, shoddy, amateurish, careless, negligent
dreadful, awful, terrible, abominable, frightful, atrocious, disgraceful, deplorable, hopeless, worthless, laughable, lamentable, miserable, sorry, third-rate, diabolical, execrable
crummy, rotten, pathetic, useless, woeful, lousy, ropy, appalling, abysmal, pitiful, God-awful, dire, poxy, not up to snuff, the pits
British duff, chronic, rubbish
vulgar slang crap, shit, chickenshit
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