One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Churchill was a survivor from that earlier age of adventure who never fossilised, and what he breathed over his comrades - bumptiousness, energy, sometimes alcohol, sometimes deathless words - was always charged with life.’
- ‘Englishmen, however, increasingly viewed the rapidly developing ‘Great Republic of the West’ with the pride of a parent mixed with annoyance at the adolescent's bumptiousness.’
- ‘His letters display both the bumptiousness and self-integrity which got him kicked out of Cuba and Prague.’
- ‘This is often accompanied, in drink, by a strutting, swaggering bumptiousness.’
- ‘For Luciano is full of the bumptiousness of the man, and tries just as hard to please.’
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