Definition of things that go bump in the night in US English:

things that go bump in the night

phrase

informal, humorous
  • Unexplained and frightening noises at night, regarded as being caused by ghosts.

    • ‘Meanwhile, professional ghost-finders are set to launch a three-day festival in York dedicated to the things that go bump in the night.’
    • ‘It was an active search for things that go bump in the night in the castle-filled countrysides of Scotland and Ireland.’
    • ‘I have a fear of things that go bump in the night.’
    • ‘‘Only things that go bump in the night,’ Alexander said.’
    • ‘He makes great use of silence and subtle sounds to remind us that the only thing scarier to a child than hearing the things that go bump in the night is not hearing them.’
    • ‘As a youngster I had a dreadful fear of ghost stories and things that go bump in the night.’
    • ‘You are thinking about things that go bump in the night and monsters under your bed and vampires peering at you through your window.’
    • ‘But what of the other things that go bump in the night?’
    • ‘Don't get neurotic about things that go bump in the night!’
    • ‘If you're not afraid of the dark or things that go bump in the night you will at least have the nerve to make it through the audition.’