Noun: ream reem
Verb: ream reem
- A large quantity of written matter
"he wrote reams and reams"
- A quantity of paper; 480 or 500 sheets; one ream equals 20 quires
- Squeeze the juice out (of a fruit) with a reamer
- Remove by making a hole or by boring
"the dentist reamed out the debris in the course of the root canal treatment"
- Enlarge with a reamer
"ream a hole"
- [N. Amer] Censure severely or angrily
- call on the carpet [US], take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out [N. Amer], chew up [N. Amer], have words, lambaste, lambast
- [N. Amer] Deprive of by deceit
"He reamed me out of my inheritance";
- victimize, swindle, rook, goldbrick [N. Amer], nobble [Brit], diddle, bunco [N. Amer], defraud, scam, mulct, gyp, gip, hornswoggle [N. Amer], short-change, con, victimise [Brit], grift [N. Amer], bunko
Derived forms: reamed, reaming, reams
Type of: cheat, chisel, criticise [Brit], criticize, damn, definite quantity, enlarge, express, extract, knock, large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity, pick apart, press out, remove, rip off, take, take away, withdraw
Encyclopedia: Ream, WV