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Bummed (Out)


The English idiom to be bummed (out) means to be sad, disappointed or depressed about something. For example:

The man in the comic above is
bummed because he is no longer the most wanted criminal on the FBI’s list.
Basil is
bummed out because he failed last week’s English grammar test. If only, he had studied harder!
Charlie is
bummed because he lost his job at the chocolate factory.

The expression
to be bummed (out) is an informal idiom that means the same thing as to be blue or to be downhearted as a result of something. Some recent headlines that contain the English idiom to be bummed (out) are:

CEOs, CFOs bummed about economy: Can IT spending hold up?
- zdnet.com, 26 September 2012, Larry Dignan
Wilson bummed out by Beach Boys Feud
- theaustralian.com.au, 10 October 2012, AP
If Small Businesses are Bummed, Why are They Hiring?
- businessweek.com, 3 October 2012, John Tozzi

Now that you know what
to be bummed (out) means, what do you think a bummer is?

bummer is...

a) something that is disappointing, frustrating or depressing
b) something that is surprising, shocking or disturbing
c) a person who is dissatisfied, unhappy or sad
d) a person who is satisfied, happy or joyful

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correct definition of the English idiom bummer.

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