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Noun: ream  reem
  1. A large quantity of written matter
    "he wrote reams and reams"
     
  2. A quantity of paper; 480 or 500 sheets; one ream equals 20 quires
Verb: ream  reem
  1. Squeeze the juice out (of a fruit) with a reamer
    "ream oranges"
     
  2. Remove by making a hole or by boring
    "the dentist reamed out the debris in the course of the root canal treatment"
     
  3. Enlarge with a reamer
    "ream a hole"
     
  4. [N. Amer, informal] Censure severely or angrily
    - call on the carpet [US, informal], take to task, rebuke, rag [informal], trounce, lecture, reprimand, jaw [informal], dress down [informal], call down [informal], scold, chide, berate, bawl out [informal], remonstrate, chew out [N. Amer, informal], chew up [N. Amer, informal], have words, lambaste, lambast, wig [Brit, informal]
     
  5. [N. Amer, informal] Deprive of by deceit
    "He reamed me out of my inheritance";
    - victimize, swindle, rook, goldbrick [N. Amer, informal], nobble [Brit, informal], diddle [informal], bunco [N. Amer, informal], defraud, scam [informal], mulct, hornswoggle [N. Amer, informal], short-change, con [informal], victimise [Brit], grift [N. Amer, informal], bunko [N. Amer, informal]

Derived forms: reamed, reams, reaming

Type of: cheat, chisel [informal], criticise [Brit], criticize, damn [informal], definite quantity, enlarge, express, extract, knock [informal], large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity, pick apart, press out, remove, rip off [informal], take, take away, withdraw

Encyclopedia: Ream, WV