Definition of bump something up in English:

bump something up

phrasal verb

informal
  • Increase something.

    ‘the hotel may well bump up the bill’
    • ‘That's how Congress has always dealt with threats: give more money to the Feds for investigation and enforcement, bump up the penalties, and let the evil bastards rot.’
    • ‘Firms surveyed said the rollout of new products had boosted demand both at home and abroad, with customers in Britain and eastern Europe bumping up their spending on Irish-produced goods.’
    • ‘Does the press gallery bump up the significance of a potential challenge because it provides such good copy and provocative sound bites?’
    • ‘As a result of the game, Kansas got bumped up to #1, Maryland moved to #2 and Duke dropped to #3.’
    • ‘And bumping up the superannuation surcharge on the well-off is hardly justified when one of the biggest imbalances in the economy is between savings and investment.’
    • ‘The subject of employing a company to organize the event was also raised to increase public relations and bump up the numbers of competitors.’
    • ‘At the last moment though I realised that some kind of DVD authoring software might be needed so the budget was unexpectedly bumped up by £25 based on a quick search around the web.’
    • ‘Guns lead to other crimes such as robbery & kidnapping so this bumps up their figure.’
    • ‘But why bump up the penalties for simple possession of objectionable material to 5 years?’
    • ‘That also helped bump up gross margins from 17.1 per cent to 17.7 per cent sequentially.’
    • ‘Such progress helped bump up annual 2003 pre-tax profits by a hefty 21% to €4.8b.’
    • ‘Say no, and bump up their school's truancy statistics?’
    • ‘A well-executed ad campaign bumps up the impact of demos and other traditional labor activities.’
    • ‘It's actually a better bet that the next time the price of a barrel of oil has a two in it is when it hits $200-and it's a dead cert that high fuel prices are bumping up the price of everything with a transport component in it.’
    • ‘Whatever the case, Qantas, in capitalising expenses, has been bumping up its net profit in the past couple of years by up to 15 per cent, though it doesn't state this.’
    • ‘Even Angus MacKay, the Scottish finance minister and local government minister, acknowledged in a letter to Donald Gorrie MSP that most of the rent relief is being lost to landlords who are bumping up rentals.’
    • ‘Then it occurred to me that ‘Take Me Out’ by Franz Ferdinand was also released this year, so the list was immediately bumped up to SIX.’
    add to, make larger, make bigger, make greater, augment, supplement, top up, build up, enlarge, expand, extend, raise, multiply, elevate, swell, inflate
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