- 1An oval fleshy fruit which is purple, reddish, or yellow when ripe and contains a flattish pointed stone.More example sentences
- He would discover in his own way the lacy texture of a cantaloupe or the dusky purple of a ripe plum.
- Brown rot can affect plums and other stone fruits.
- Stone fruit includes plums, peaches, nectarines and cherries - all those delicious things that we import from other parts of the country around Christmas time.
- 1.1 [usually with modifier] West Indian A small edible fruit from any of a number of trees.More example sentences
- Buying paradise plum, icy mint, sky juice, suck-suck or busta through the fence.
- 2 (also plum tree) The deciduous tree which bears plums.
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- Several species in the genus Prunus, family Rosaceae, in particular P. domestica
- Everard sat silently against the plum tree, his favorite tree, his favorite spot in all of Dustin Manor's expansive grounds.
- If you have space in your yard, do plant a plum tree - your family will thank you for it.
- Spring was finally feeling about him and the plum tree was blooming, buds of white and lavender and pink sprawling out in pastel against the blue of the sky.
- 3 [mass noun] A reddish-purple colour: a pure silk shirt in shades of cream and soft plum [count noun]: rosy pinks, rich coppers, and deep plums are the big fashion news [as modifier]: a plum blazerMore example sentences
- Because these plants are seed grown, the flower colour ranges from white to deep plum, lavender and blush, some spotted, others speckled or plain.
- It had cream painted walls with the odd panel of dark plum red colour, and huge canvases of gold paintings.
- Modern hybrids come in every colour from white and apricot to deep plum.
- 4 [usually as modifier] • informal A thing, typically a job, considered to be highly desirable: he landed a plum assistant producer’s jobMore example sentences
- He favors free trade and giving firms from donor nations the first crack at plum investments.
- Julia Haworth took acting lessons to combat shyness… and went on to land a plum role in the nation's favourite TV soap.
- Throughout that era, territory was the most coveted of resources, the plum prize in any power struggle, the mark of distinction between the victors and the defeated.
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- variant spelling of plumb1. the helicopter crashed plum on the cabinsMore example sentences
- Greg and I plum forgot to back things up just in case.
- Both were meant to show cutting-edge technology, but now they are extremely campy, outdated relics of yesteryear and just a plum bad idea.
- I got so lost in trying to guess what every feather and coloured band on his body denoted that I plum missed the camp being set up, and nearly didn't notice Doc on his way back over.
have a plum in one's mouth
- British Have an accent thought typical of the English upper classes: an affable dilettante with a plum in his mouthMore example sentences
- His idea of inhabiting the character is to talk like he has a plum in his mouth.
- ‘He got stuck in on the rugby field but even then he spoke as though he had a plum in his mouth,’ recalled Robin.
- He reckons he speaks with a plum in his mouth.
like a ripe plum (or ripe plums)
- Used to convey that something can be obtained with little or no effort: the country is likely to fall into the enemy’s hands like a ripe plumMore example sentences
- In actuality, however, it was one of the components of Karl Marx's dual strategy for world revolution: Debase the language and the money, and capitalism will fall like a ripe plum.
- He disposes of the ruler so that the throne falls into his hand like a ripe plum.
Old English plūme, from medieval Latin pruna, from Latin prunum (see prune1).