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old chum

noun (Austral, informal, formerly)
a person who is experienced, esp in life in colonial Australia
an experienced convict
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  • Sometimes a little bitterness intermingled, and she felt herself aggrieved at having been so shabbily treated by her old chum.

    The Guinea Stamp Annie S. Swan
  • He had several times of late come to call on his old chum, for he was out of work.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • Then he turned to his old chum, and stretching over laid a kindly hand on his arm, "I congratulate you, old chap."

    The Moving Finger Mary Gaunt
  • He's my old chum, Pierre Sandoz, whom I love like a brother.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • That day he only lived for the work and glory of his old chum.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • He stood at attention, looking from the Hermit to his old chum and back again.

  • As for the Youngster—he was the son of an old chum of the Doctor—his ward, in fact—and his hobby was flying.

    Told in a French Garden Mildred Aldrich
  • Moxley must have been on the watch, and the sight of his old chum put him into a fury.

    Canoe Boys and Campfires William Murray Graydon

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