- old chum
- /ˈoʊld tʃʌm/ (say 'ohld chum)
1. History someone experienced in a given field, especially life in colonial Australia: *in the early days of the gold fever, `three years were required to make an old chum, who was expected in that time to cultivate a moustache, and to wear a dirty, cabbage-tree hat.' –russel ward, 1966.
2. Australian History an experienced convict.
Australian English dictionary. 2014.
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