Definition of bump in English:

bump

noun

  • 1A light blow or a jolting collision.

    ‘a nasty bump on the head’
    • ‘I happen to like my knees, but nobody ever accused them of being well protected from bumps and bangs.’
    • ‘During the past eight weeks I have seen two minor bumps and one almost head-on collision.’
    • ‘It's also fully lined with high quality foam to protect your premium ammo from bumps and bangs.’
    • ‘Even with a wheel and pedals, the lack of G-forces, bumps and jolts make the visual elements too detached for me to remain in control.’
    • ‘Its advanced collision detection ensures that any bumps will probably not kill or severely cripple you.’
    • ‘Creakings and the rumbling of wheels could be heard and occasional bumps jolted me.’
    • ‘Let's face it, injuries from collisions, falls, bumps, etc. are not that simple.’
    • ‘Although the road from Maneybhanjang to Sandakphu is motorable, it is a wiser choice to hike it rather than suffer the jolts and bumps of the track.’
    • ‘The amniotic fluid and membrane cushion the fetus against bumps and jolts to the mother's body.’
    • ‘And many knocks, bumps and detours later here I ride in Honduras, central America.’
    • ‘‘It could have been something as simple as a bump; you know, somebody bumped into someone’.’
    • ‘To prevent the crashes, bumps, thuds, nicks and dings, follow these top ten parking lot driving tactics.’
    • ‘It will go in a case - the slightest bump or knock considerably affects the value.’
    • ‘A tripod that is too light may be too susceptible to wind and slight bumps.’
    • ‘The drive is working well, travels well and absorbs its share of bumps and bangs during daily transit.’
    • ‘He said he had seen a crash and a shunt on Monday and a bump on Tuesday.’
    • ‘Now she was just getting angry over it all, she felt a bump or some impact as she fell down still crying and not even noticing the change of position or the pain in her lower back.’
    • ‘In times of bumps, falls and collisions, knees can be susceptible to fractures.’
    • ‘He didn't see the scorched metal walls or feel the thuds and bumps as they drove over drift after drift.’
    • ‘Boring stuff, though I was delighted to find a very small soft camera case for my pencam, to protect it from bumps and knocks when it's in my bag.’
    jolt, collision, crash, smash, smack, crack, thwack, bang, thud, thump, buffet, knock, rap, tap, impact
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    1. 1.1The dull sound of a light blow or jolting collision.
      • ‘They disappeared into the disco crowd with a thump and a bump.’
      • ‘It was very light, didn't feel anything but heard the bump.’
      • ‘Don't wander, alone, through separate rooms, guessing at the meaning of bumps and thumps and footsteps.’
      • ‘A moment later a not-so-gentle bump reverberated through the ship as it touched down on the unruly ice.’
      • ‘‘I heard a noise but we hear so many bumps and bangs you don't go rushing out every time,’ he said.’
      • ‘Dark black smooth side begins with a similar set of sounds: a bump, a crumple, and a muffled something.’
      • ‘I heard the bump as the truck drove over the bridge.’
      • ‘There's a bump, then the sound of wheels along the ground.’
      • ‘This song is like the loud bump in the night that jolts one awake in utter fear.’
      • ‘The downside is the way you can hear the suspension's bumps and bangs, especially when dipping into holes in the road, and a constant roar of tyres.’
      • ‘She awoke with a start, the ship ringing from the thuds and bumps of docking clamps latching onto the airlock ring.’
      • ‘The next he heard a bump and saw a propeller flying away from the plane.’
      • ‘It knocked her elbow hard enough to make a loud bump sound.’
      • ‘From within the bathroom, still dark, came the sound of splashing water, and the bump and gurgle of the taps.’
      • ‘There were a few bumps, a thud, some sounds of grinding and gas escaping, and then a piercing whine that gradually died down into nothing.’
      • ‘He heard a bump behind him and saw that the elf had slipped from his seat onto the ground.’
      • ‘You'll hear thuds and bumps associated with the original transcription discs.’
      • ‘He said later, after being carpeted by the editor and having to apologise to the woman, that he distinctly heard the bump as she dropped the phone and a louder bump as she fainted.’
    2. 1.2Aviation
      A rising air current causing an irregularity in an aircraft's motion.
      • ‘As soon as they passed over the ridge they experienced a considerable air bump throwing the aircraft suddenly upwards on the windward side.’
      • ‘While the bump itself still can be felt, the reaction of the airplane to it can be almost completely dampened out with no change in altitude.’
      • ‘With a gentle bump on the bottom, we arrive at minus 500 feet.’
  • 2A protuberance on a level surface.

    ‘bumps in the road’
    • ‘Unfortunately, that seal proved no match for the bumps and potholes of New York City streets.’
    • ‘The problem is that they do this by forcing the drivers to almost come to a stop before each bump.’
    • ‘Then, about 30 minutes later, I hit a bump and heard a loud clatter that sounded suspiciously like a cell phone hitting the ground.’
    • ‘If you hit a major bump, you get bangs from the front suspension reminiscent of the previous model, which was certainly less than perfect dynamically.’
    • ‘Confused, she crawled over to the spot and felt on the ground for a bump, a rock, anything.’
    • ‘That said, the sporty T5 version can thump and bang over bad bumps, the downside of its quicker, meatier responses and extra grip.’
    • ‘The bumps in Leeds Road are irregularly placed, not symmetrical across the carriageway, and in one place it is possible to drive between two bumps.’
    • ‘Gina was jolted awake by the bus going over a bump.’
    • ‘They claim the bumps impede the movement of emergency vehicles and buses, disturb neighbours and damage cars.’
    • ‘She gazed up at the ceiling above the bed she'd been sleeping on and stared at the numerous bumps, cracks and bubbles.’
    • ‘Take it from me, when you are being driven over bumps at high speed, the scenery is a blur.’
    • ‘It is a grassy bump amongst other grassy bumps and is marked with a small cairn.’
    • ‘He banged his head on the cab when he went over the bumps, and hurt his hip.’
    • ‘Killy's technique of avalement - literally, swallowing the bumps by thrusting knees outward - was revolutionary for its day.’
    • ‘Seconds later, a family friend on skis went over the same bump and crashed into Jack after failing to spot him lying in the snow.’
    • ‘As Ellis drives over bumps, she notices, the noise in the car is loud.’
    • ‘The bus wheel hit a bump, and her forehead made a sharp rapping sound on the glass.’
    • ‘How many babies before mine have been jolted awake by the bumps and cracks in the concrete created by unruly tree roots and water damage?’
    • ‘It went around corners happily, and wasn't badly upset by the sort of suburban ruts and bumps which had the YRV thudding and bumping along.’
    • ‘Jane didn't remember falling asleep but she must have because she was jerked instantly awake when Ty drove over a large bump.’
    hump, bulge, lump, knob, knot, projection, prominence, eminence, ridge, protuberance
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    1. 2.1A swelling on the skin, especially one caused by illness or injury.
      • ‘Mine was small, light, and I only had writer's bumps from holding paintbrushes.’
      • ‘You have moderate acne if you have swelling, red bumps, or pustules, along with the whiteheads and blackheads.’
      • ‘It said the pain should be underneath the bump and the whole bump should go hard.’
      • ‘She's going to have a nasty bump on her head when she wakes up, and one hell of a headache.’
      • ‘Always looking backwards whilst trying to move forward, you might get a nasty bump or fall down a hole.’
      • ‘Symptoms, such as a tingling feeling, itching, or pain followed by a rash with red bumps and blisters appear only in the area of the skin that the nerve goes to.’
      • ‘Grass ticks are about the size of a pinhead and cause little reaction other than an itchy bump at the bite site.’
      • ‘There were no physical injuries except the crew chief got a bump on the head.’
      • ‘Goose flesh formed on her arms, and Bo began to rub her arms after she noticed the little bumps.’
      • ‘Ouch, those nasty shaving bumps that we can all get from time to time.’
      • ‘Well that's a nasty bump, but nothing serious.’
      • ‘Sciama remembered clearly, as do his colleagues, that on some days Hawking would turn up at the office with a bandage around his head, having fallen heavily and received a nasty bump.’
      • ‘Any lump, be it a mild swelling, a bump, a nodule, or whatever you choose to call it, and wherever you find it, visit your doctor and get it looked at.’
      • ‘I got a huge purple bump on my forehead… and he didn't even ask me out.’
      • ‘I have this gross bump on my eyelid, and it's so painful.’
      • ‘Muammar touched the bump on his head gingerly, trying to remember.’
      • ‘She works for months to build the cracks, bumps and wrinkles on the skins of the figures in her paintings.’
      • ‘Clumps of itchy or prickly tiny red bumps on the skin that appear with hot humid weather in tropical countries is called miliaria or prickly heat in layman's terms.’
      • ‘A common skin symptom of a food allergy is hives, or raised red itchy bumps on the skin.’
      • ‘If you look at the bumps closely, you might see white scales or flakes on them.’
    2. 2.2dated, humorous A prominence on a person's skull, formerly thought to indicate a particular mental faculty; such a faculty.
      ‘he was making the most of his bump of direction’
      • ‘Gall thought that he was able to correlate certain particular mental faculties to bumps and depressions on the surface of the skull.’
      • ‘A bump on the skull directly above one of these sections indicates that the particular faculty, called an organ, is more than normally developed.’
      • ‘Where some people have a bump of direction, I have a small black hole.’
  • 3US informal An increase.

    ‘a slight bump in sales’
    • ‘In the next few years, we're going to see a bump in the population of 12-to 15-year-olds.’
    • ‘Why is it that one candidate is getting a bump in the polls?’
    • ‘I have every reason to believe it'll be a good change for me - a good bump in pay, a stronger human resources infrastructure, etc.’
    • ‘Obama checked in at 22 percent, a 4-point bump from the earlier poll.’
    • ‘Will it help pave the way for a pullout of troops or a bump up in the polls?’
    • ‘And by comparing the two emission bumps, scientists can begin to learn even more.’
    • ‘But they say the sales increase would only be a small bump to total industry sales, already exceeding $20 billion.’
    • ‘Given that Christmas is a major moviegoing day, the built-up must see for a movie like this could be expected to reflect a 15%-20% bump on opening day.’
    • ‘The average post-convention bump in the polls is, over the last six elections, 7%.’
    • ‘I think all the polls in the last week since the announcement have shown a slight bump for the ticket, somewhere between three and four points.’
    • ‘This helped bump it up two spots to the ninth largest in 2003 from the No.11 spot in 2002.’
  • 4A loosely woven fleeced cotton fabric used in upholstery and as lining material.

    • ‘Bleached bump is suitable for white curtains or backgrounds, unbleached for other fabrics when a cream cast will not matter.’
    • ‘Looking ahead, Valentini says she's exploring other uses for her Bump fabric, possibly as an industrial upholstery or wall covering.’
    • ‘Yarn used to produce the average cotton bump contains seed contamination which can cause problems with some face fabrics.’

verb

  • 1[no object] Knock or run into someone or something, typically with a jolt.

    ‘I almost bumped into him’
    [with object] ‘she bumped the girl with her hip’
    • ‘The ship heaved a little, bumped gently against the stone wall, the impact absorbed by the bundles of branches, then settled contentedly into her berth.’
    • ‘Knocking down the fire-irons, tumbling over the chairs, bumping against the piano, smothering himself among the curtains, wherever she went, there went he.’
    • ‘‘Hey there,’ he said, bumping against her arm with his.’
    • ‘Michelle bumped right into the stranger, literally knocking the breath out of her.’
    • ‘I stood by the curb of the road and waited for the cars to go by when I caught sight of the girl I bumped in the airport.’
    • ‘Darcy gave a little whimper, and then Austin distinctly heard the sound of something bumping against the tile.’
    • ‘Eventually the kid bumps into someone, their parent immediately glares at the person who's been run into or grudgingly tells their kid to behave who immediately carries on as before.’
    • ‘Grace struggled more violently than before, bumping against a table and knocking a large porcelain vase to the floor, where it shattered into a thousand pieces with a loud crash.’
    • ‘Her smoke curled toward the light over the table where a moth was bumping against the bulb.’
    • ‘Suddenly, three taxicabs raced along both sides of the motorcade, even bumping against the security car.’
    • ‘You should take it easy for the first few days and take special care not to bump or knock the operation site.’
    • ‘I also like how the cars bump and bang into each other, and that if you wreck a guy one week he'll come back and wreck you the next.’
    • ‘The rubber tyres of the wheelchair bumped and banged against the curb as he tried to manoeuvre back onto the pavement.’
    • ‘Behind, the young women are fast asleep, their heads gently bumping against each other now and then.’
    • ‘He swayed, bumping against the altar and pitching over it.’
    • ‘Colouring and flavouring surface baits such as pellets chum mixer and crust can further improve takes, but often species such as carp will bump and knock such baits.’
    • ‘He sighed, following her from the room, on the way to the door a red coated man bumped heavily into them, knocking Kirsten to the side and brushing heavily against Kaerin.’
    • ‘The couple met three years ago when they literally bumped into each other at a Hampton Court funfair.’
    • ‘The day was almost over they were going out of the water ride when a girl walked out and bumped against Tom.’
    • ‘To get bumped or struck by a big fish like this was pretty incredible.’
    hit, ram, collide with, be in collision with, strike, knock against, crash against, crash into, smash into, slam into, crack against, crack into, dash against, run into, plough into
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    1. 1.1Meet by chance.
      ‘we might just bump into each other’
      • ‘After 20 years of drudgery to pay off the loan, she bumps into her rich friend and finally confesses the truth, only to be told that the lost necklace was a fake.’
      • ‘He comes to a reception with his wife, but leaves with another woman - an old friend who bumps into him at the party.’
      • ‘As chance would have it, he bumped into him one day in Parliament Street.’
      • ‘There is little chance of casually bumping into people, and I can see why stars who crave anonymity choose to live here.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, Sadie bumps into Sam and he tells her he is going to be a dad.’
      • ‘I had tried to bump into Roland whenever I got the chance and he had done the same.’
      • ‘But, within minutes, he bumps into a local retired poetry teacher.’
      • ‘Because of my disfigured body I chose to swim when there was no chance of bumping into anyone I knew.’
      • ‘Professor Albeit is about a professor who wants to be a magician but is unhappily stuck teaching mathematics, till he bumps into a beautiful woman.’
      • ‘At the train station, she bumps into her ex-husband Bruno, Viktor's father, by chance.’
      • ‘But his complacency comes to an end when he bumps into his childhood piano teacher, who encourages him to audition for him.’
      • ‘By chance I happened to bump into the two gentlemen in one of our local establishments.’
      • ‘By chance he bumped into her again that night at another pub and worked up the courage to speak with her.’
      • ‘We've never met, though someday if we do bump into each other we'll manage to get someone to buy us both a drink.’
      • ‘The film, which features local acting talent, was shot in Temple Hill in 2003, and is about a poor single mum who bumps into an old flame.’
      • ‘The two of them bumped into each other completely by chance, which sparked the talks for the documentary film.’
      • ‘It was great fun and a chance to bump into a few names and faces from the past.’
      • ‘Isabelle met Calissa at the Astoria Mall to avoid bumping into anyone she may know.’
      • ‘At the end of the day, when she actually bumps into him, she is left with a feeling, whether it is still a daydream or sure reality.’
      • ‘Then imagine bumping into the players by chance afterwards to tell them exactly what you thought of their display.’
    2. 1.2[with object]Hurt or damage (something) by striking or knocking it against something else.
      ‘she bumped her head on the sink’
      • ‘If you hadn't been there in time to catch Maddie, she might have bumped her head and done even more serious damage to herself.’
      • ‘She bumps her head and looks at me before she starts to cry.’
      • ‘I got a nice bump on my foot, and after about a year, it no longer hurt like hell to bump that part of my foot on something.’
      • ‘At one point George tells of his struggle ‘I was standing, well not really, I was crouched over trying to stand and kept bumping my head, damn that hurt’.’
      • ‘Mr Lamb had a strong start but disaster struck at Great End when he tripped, gashing his right knee, bumping his head and cracking a couple of ribs.’
      • ‘I instantly pushed myself up, bumping my head on the headboard in the process.’
      • ‘We all kept bumping our heads on the loopily low ceiling.’
      • ‘What if he bumps his knee and decides to take a little rest without letting you know?’
      • ‘There is an element out there that revels in it anytime some police officer bumps his head.’
      • ‘My leg was bumped between boat and wall and though I wasn't hurt it was a nasty shock.’
      • ‘It provided extra padding, so that when I bumped the finger, it didn't hurt so much.’
      • ‘But in Isabella's case, the disease was only diagnosed when she was taken to hospital after bumping her head when Miss Wagstaff fell downstairs while carrying her.’
      • ‘One couch was very close to a bookshelf, and Barbara explained to me that bumping your head on this bookshelf was a rite of passage for members of the English Department.’
      • ‘The cars jerked and yawed so much that we were constantly bumping our heads or smashing our elbows.’
      • ‘Lee and Luke had promised their mother they would not leave their sisters, but a weeping Sarah bumped her head during their game and set off alone for home with Lee - mindful of his promise - trying to catch up.’
      • ‘She hissed quietly as Jessica accidentally bumped her ribcage with her elbow.’
      • ‘It was thought the boy's knee was injured and he then fell forward and bumped his head and chest.’
      • ‘A stairway upon which a tall man is in danger of bumping his head is an example of bad art.’
      • ‘I think he really thought it was perfectly OK to knock people, to bump people and get by them and go on and win.’
      • ‘IG tells in his book of how, attending a Fund or Bank meeting in Washington, he found Morarji seated on a couch and bumping his head gently against the adjacent wall.’
      • ‘My fingertips hurt and sting if I bump them into things, my shoulder muscles are stiff.’
      • ‘I imagine I'll just spend all of my remaining days bumping my head on things and reaching things on high shelves for people less fortunate than I.’
    3. 1.3[with object]Cause to collide with something.
      ‘she went through the door, bumping the bag against it’
      • ‘They are bumping their pelvis against the male in a sort of I'm trying to keep warm and tease you at the same time kind of a way.’
      • ‘Zoë learned an important lesson about New York manners when a woman making her way down the aisle bumped her purse against Zoë's feet and went on.’
      • ‘I am a mad and mean bending over machine, and I will most likely spend the majority of my weekend bumping my belly into walls and countertops JUST BECAUSE I CAN.’
  • 2[no object] Move or travel with much jolting and jarring.

    ‘the car bumped along the rutted track’
    • ‘The carriage bumped and jolted on the rough track from the castle.’
    • ‘At one time four-wheel drive vehicles were just muddy workhorses, box-like things used by folk who just liked to bump along tracks or plough across muddy fields.’
    • ‘It gave Elissa the green light and she walked down quickly, keeping her footsteps light, feeling her knapsack bump lightly against her back.’
    • ‘Within minutes, we had turned off the main road, bumped along a narrow city street, and come to a stop outside a house.’
    • ‘This is what happened in those animal skin pouches: as the camels bumped along across the desert, air was incorporated into the whole milk.’
    • ‘They bumped along, going at least eighty on the dark highway.’
    • ‘When the ambulance finally came, they put her on a stretcher and drove her to the hospital, with us sitting beside her as the car bumped along.’
    • ‘I more or less slept through flight, wakened only occasionally by those Twilight Zone gremlins on the wings that make planes bump and jolt.’
    • ‘If not for the TV, I was sure I would have been able to hear the box jerk and bump across the attic floor at night.’
    • ‘The suspension bumps and thumps loudly and sometimes uncomfortably.’
    • ‘As the ambulance bumped gently along the jolts in the road on its journey to the hospital Kim tried to keep her eyes closed tight and think of nothing like she was meditating.’
    • ‘His ancient sword was steadily bumping against his side.’
    • ‘As the car bumped along on our way back to my house, I couldn't suppress a smile.’
    • ‘My wife, perhaps becoming complacent, went ahead across the steep traverse, lost her footing and slid at terrifyingly high speed, bumping to a halt on some rocks where the terrain levelled and badly grazing her arm.’
    • ‘But since Deja had bumped along with a skeleton staff for several months, and functioned fine, we wondered if this would really have hurt Google financially.’
    • ‘With the price bumping around the £4 mark after a 10% fall following a relatively heavy volume of trade, it became clear that some investors had voted with their feet.’
    • ‘He went quiet, and we bumped along in silence for a little while.’
    • ‘He poured clumsily, spilling a good amount of claret as the carriage bumped along.’
    • ‘The cart still tottered as it bumped along the Mourning Valley.’
    • ‘As we headed for the forest, we bumped along in a large all-wheel-drive military-type vehicle over the roughest forest roads we'd ever experienced.’
    bounce, jolt, jerk, rattle, shake, jounce
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    1. 2.1[with object]Push (something) jerkily in a specified direction.
      ‘she had to bump the wheelchair down the steps’
      • ‘He bumped the stroller up over a curb, and the baby began to cry.’
      • ‘It is a well known fact that cod will respond well to a bright and shiny pirk bumped along the bottom.’
      • ‘Lily would back her husband's wheelchair to the steps and then would bump the wheelchair down very steep and narrow ceramic steps to the floor.’
  • 3[with object] Refuse (a passenger) a reserved place on an airline flight, typically because of deliberate overbooking.

    • ‘You're right: You followed the rules and shouldn't have been bumped from the flight.’
    • ‘The fine art of airline bumping: Volunteering to be bumped off on an oversold flight isn't quite the bonanza that it used to be.’
    • ‘That is sound practice, and this bill makes an airline liable for those delays when it has been a deliberate case of the airline either cancelling a flight or bumping passengers off it.’
    • ‘Stranded air passengers will be paid up to €600 in compensation for being bumped off flights under new rules introduced yesterday.’
    • ‘Obviously, if all of the passengers do turn up, then the airline has an additional cost to pay as customers have every right to some compensation for being bumped off their flight.’
    • ‘JetBlue and US Airways bumped the fewest passengers of the nation's top 10 airlines.’
    • ‘MEPs want to place a new requirement on airlines to provide significant sums of cash, as well as catering and accommodation, for passengers who are bumped off flights or have them cancelled altogether.’
    • ‘The odds of being bumped from a flight are just 1 in 11,628.’
    • ‘The rate of getting bumped is down to one in 600 this year from one in 450 last year, and the odds are slightly higher with Delta and Southwest.’
    • ‘Sophisticated computer systems are employed to project the number of no-shows, to maximize flight loads and minimize bumped passengers.’
    • ‘It should also have been a clue that they might have a problem as during the day more and more overbooked passengers were bumped to the next flight.’
    • ‘So when we meet Carl Weathers, he's on his way to get bumped from a flight so he can get a free airline ticket.’
    • ‘Passengers who are bumped off a flight because it is full, or prevented from boarding because it is cancelled without notice, are therefore entitled to compensation depending on the length of the flight.’
    • ‘Don't… try to get voluntarily bumped while traveling with a large group unless you're prepared to split up.’
    • ‘Airline passengers who are bumped off flights or suffer serious delays will receive automatic compensation under rules agreed by the EU yesterday.’
    • ‘The European Union has approved a measure guaranteeing automatic compensation for travelers involuntarily bumped from overbooked flights.’
    1. 3.1North American Cause to move from a job or position, typically in favor of someone else; displace.
      ‘she was bumped for a youthful model’
      • ‘Aging receivers bumped were Jacksonville's Jimmy Smith, Denver's Rod Smith and Oakland's Tim Brown.’
      • ‘Arizona and British Columbia, Canada both earned A grades in the 2003 version of IMBA's Report Card, bumping Colorado off the top spot for mountain bike advocacy, trails and riding.’
      • ‘I believe they're still the best selling - when last I checked Harry Potter still hadn't quite bumped them out of that spot.’
      • ‘They bumped Franklin off of the half dollar and replaced him with Kennedy in 1964.’
      • ‘Getting bumped is no reflection on MarineMax, which is one of the best-performing public companies in the Tampa Bay area.’
      • ‘The team has committed heavily to Pena, handing him the first base job and bumping Young off the position shortly after signing Young to a four-year deal.’
      • ‘When his studio slot was unexpectedly bumped, Bellows started tackling pre-production duties here with guitar god/sound vet Stew Kirkwood.’
      • ‘Because of this, the song is bumped from the first disc with the other essential songs and is instead banished to the weaker second disc.’
      • ‘The end came last Thursday when his weekly column was bumped to accommodate a rant by Andrew Neil about a matter of global significance - Naomi Campbell.’
      • ‘Celtic's bid for European glory bumped Sharon Small off the schedules, and when her cop drama returned to the box she finished the run having to eat lead.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, Korea was bumped off the list of countries that Soldiers could receive the bonus, though Soldiers there are still eligible for a Military Occupational Skill-based bonus, he added.’
      • ‘CAR boss Bob Quirk and his two-family party were bumped from their luxury hotel just a week before departure - and offered an alternative break at a hotel with a nudist balcony.’
      • ‘Ever since Make Up's release, however, Hot Hot Heat have apparently been trying their damnedest to bump Interpol off the cover of the Post-Fame Jinx Handbook.’
      • ‘You obviously want to bump him off pole position and yet the two of you will be in briefing together.’
      • ‘By comparison, Russia has five current or former world champions and is so deep that Sajidov bumped reigning Olympic champion Adam Saitiev for these games.’
      • ‘Gore's senior aides were so frustrated that they actually bumped the keynote address out of its prime-time slot.’
      • ‘He has decent size, so bumping him off his route at the line is a difficult task.’

Phrases

  • a bump in the road

    • informal A problem or setback.

      ‘their relationship has hit another bump in the road’
      • ‘Senior administration officials insist the split within the party is just a bump in the road.’
      • ‘It is not implausible now to see Modernism, for example, as a bump in the road rather than a major alternative tradition.’
      • ‘Does this president consider failure to pay over $100,000 in taxes a bump in the road?’
      • ‘This row now is just a bump in the road.’
      • ‘Maybe this is nothing more than a bump in the road, a mere blip on the sports radar.’
      • ‘Having to stare at an image for long moments simply in order to decipher what is being shown tends to place a bump in the road of the story.’
      • ‘A film like this doesn't have the luxury of having money thrown at it every time it encounters a bump in the road.’
      • ‘But it was just a bump in the road for Lewis.’
      • ‘This is just a bump in the road for the company, but likely one they did not expect.’
      • ‘Call it a pause or a hiatus or a bump in the road or a dead end.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • bump someone off

    • Murder someone.

      • ‘If you were caught out of doors after hours, the Tans could bump you off.’
      • ‘Instead of bumping Ruby off, let the character develop-and hang on to Jesneck and Eustis.’
      • ‘The study found that it wasn't feuding Mafia types paying to bump someone off, but angry spouses and jilted lovers.’
      • ‘But you don't get George Clooney going round bumping people off in ER.’
      • ‘If I didn't know for a fact that they cannot survive without me I might start thinking that my dog and my sickie are in a cahoot to bump me off for my Insurance policy.’
      • ‘Ten strangers are trapped by a rainstorm at an isolated desert hotel and someone starts bumping them off until they eventually turn on each other.’
      • ‘You know the formula - nasty psychopath bumps off nice young girls in appalling ways.’
      • ‘Relatives of people who have critical illnesses where there are no cures are being sent a signal that it is ok to bump them off.’
      • ‘That cheeky little scamp Claude Raines, for instance, went on a murderous rampage, and sizzling Kevin Bacon discovered the joy of now you see me, now you don't sex before he too went a bit bonkers and started bumping people off.’
      • ‘If a human life begins at the moment of the fusion of the gametes, then experimenting on embryos and subsequently discarding them is morally equivalent to experimenting on human beings before bumping them off.’
  • bump someone up

    • Move someone to a higher level or status; promote.

      ‘he was a writer for nine years before he was bumped up to editor’
      • ‘Keep up this ‘sanity’ charade a little longer and I'll bump you up to girlfriend status.’
      • ‘That has bumped him up to a celebrity status… and that is why I requested an investigation.’
      • ‘Was in the office by 8: 30 am, plowed through what I didn't finish yesterday and then, during a phone call with my new boss, learned that I'm getting the new job I've been after and they're bumping me up to a mutually satisfactory comp level.’
      • ‘The mirror scene, however, bumped him up a level to the degree that some of his acting in the previous scenes could be interpreted as understated rather than underachieved.’
      • ‘Joey Macco is still leader and he's still maintaining 1st command and that bumps you up to 2nd in command, Clark West being 3rd, and Kate Hampton is 4th.’
      • ‘A year later the company promoted him to VP / GM of its 34,000-subscriber system in Philadelphia, bumping him up to regional president in 1987.’
      • ‘The deal bumps Mediacom up to eighth-largest MSO from ninth-largest, putting it on par with Insight Communications, which serves about 1.4 million customers.’
      • ‘The only consolation is that political scientists occasionally tire of ranking him last and, just for the heck of it, bump him up to next-to-worst president, with Warren Harding assuming the bottom slot on the greasy pole.’
      • ‘Your boss will bump you up from $7 an hour to $8 an hour.’
      • ‘The more exposure Juan Rivera gets, the more he gets exposed, and that bumps Brandon Claussen up to the top of any dance partner's wish list.’
  • bump something up

    • 1Make larger, greater, or more numerous; increase.

      ‘they finally agreed to bump up her salary’
      • ‘Realistically, however, it would mean bumping prices up to more competitive levels.’
      • ‘Any change in currency bumps prices up, we all remember the introduction of the decimal system, and the euro has had exactly the same effect.’
      • ‘So if you're a pregnant celebrity, and you want to your new born child to help bump up your Q rating, what can you do?’
      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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    • 2Make, complete, or release earlier than planned or expected.

      ‘the date of publication was bumped up’
      • ‘For example, England bumped up the date of publication, and they turned it around in like three weeks.’
      • ‘Taking a cue from Eminem, Nas has bumped up the release of his album to counter bootlegging.’
      • ‘But moving up the primary in Illinois also bumped up the date of the filing process for state and federal politicians.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (as a verb): imitative, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.

Pronunciation:

bump

/bəmp/