chum up



Today I learned the phrase "chum up" for the first time. It's not in use today, isn't it? The phrases "hit it off" and "get along" are in pretty common use, aren't they?

chum up
to become friends:
She chummed up with some girls from Bristol on holiday.
hit it off (with someone)
(informal) to have a good friendly relationship with someone:
We hit it off straight away.
get along
if two or more people get along, they have a friendly relationship:
We've always got along quite well.
get along with
They seem to get along with each other.
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Right about chummed up - I haven't heard that in a long time.

    Hit it off and get along are common, but quite different.

    Hit it off refers to what happens when people meet for the first time and realise that they relate to one another very easily and comfortably.

    Get along with is what happens after that :) referring to an ongoing comfortable relationship.


    Senior Member
    English English
    Chum up sounds very 1940s/50s to me. Even chum (now replaced by the sickeningly ubiquitous mate) is becoming a thing of the past.


    Senior Member
    Canada, English
    "Chums and "Chum up" I think go back much earlier than the '40s. There was a boys magazine called Chums, which went back to, at least, the end of WW1 and probably much earlier, and every boy in those days had "chums", literally and figuratively.


    Senior Member
    USA, English
    I've never heard "chum up". Indeed in recent years I have only heard "chum" used in reference to shark fishing. ("Chum" is some "very dead" stuff that is thrown overboard to lure the sharks.)

    I do hear "chummy".

    Mike and Lisa seem very chummy lately, don't you think?
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