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gumby


gumby


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  gumby  /guhm'bee/  n.  [from  a  class  of  Monty  Python  characters, 
  poss.  with  some  influence  from  the  1960s  claymation  character]  1.  An  act 
  of  minor  but  conspicuous  stupidity,  often  in  `gumby  maneuver'  or  `pull 
  a  gumby'.  2.  [NRL]  n.  A  bureaucrat,  or  other  technical  incompetent  who 
  impedes  the  progress  of  real  work  3.  adj  Relating  to  things  typically 
  associated  with  people  in  sense  2.  (e.g.  "Ran  would  be  writing  code, 
  but  Richard  gave  him  gumby  work  that's  due  on  Friday",  or  "Dammit! 
  Travel  screwed  up  my  plane  tickets.  I  have  to  go  out  on  gumby  patrol.")