old chum

old chum

(formerly) n
1. a person who is experienced, esp in life in colonial Australia
2. an experienced convict
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She was, in a sense, losing her dear old chum; Diana's new home would be two miles from Green Gables, and the old constant companionship could never be theirs again.
She was still the placid, amiable, pink-cheeked Jane of the old quartette, sympathising with her old chum's happiness and as keenly interested in all the dainty details of Anne's trousseau as if it could rival her own silken and bejewelled splendors.
my dear old chum, Will Gamewell!" shouted Robin, throwing his arms about the other in sheer affection.
He is an old chum of mine, and feels my pulse, and looks at my tongue, and talks about the weather, all for nothing, when I fancy I'm ill; so I thought I would do him a good turn by going to him now.
Jukes, unable to generalize, unmarried, and unengaged, was in the habit of opening his heart after another fashion to an old chum and former shipmate, actually serving as second officer on board an Atlantic liner.
Jack Pumpkinhead's a dear old chum who might be called a chump,
I happened to be passing there on my way from the East End where I had spent my day about the Docks with an old chum who was looking after the fitting out of a new ship.
"I had it from a party who was an old chum of Bulstrode's.
"Dorothy and I are old chums and are very fond of each other.
In that up and down manly book of old-fashioned adventure, so full, too, of honest wonders --the voyage of Lionel Wafer, one of ancient Dampier's old chums --I found a little matter set down so like that just quoted from Langsdorff, that I cannot forbear inserting it here for a corroborative example, if such be needed.
Old chum and veteran journalist Mike Shaw, of Linthwaite, former editor of the Colne Valley Guardian, was commissioned by the Daily Express to interview the politician when she appeared there for a Labour Party event that was held before the music started.