One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
no object, with adverbial of direction (of a soldier) march with heavy equipment over difficult terrain.‘squaddies yomping over the hills’
stroll, saunter, amble, wend one's way, trudge, plod, hike, tramp, trek, march, stride, troop, patrol, step out, wander, ramble, tread, prowl, footslog, promenade, roam, traipseView synonyms
- ‘One minute your little soldiers are happily yomping towards the nearest town and the next, as if by magic, a column of tanks appears out of nowhere!’
- ‘Last May they started training again, yomping up hills carrying loaded rucksacks.’
- ‘Even without British troops yomping across it, the lashing rain and hard hills make the Falkland Islands an unlikely promised land.’
- ‘Kuwait taught us to hunker down; the Falklands had us yomping; Vietnam gave us the search-and-destroy mission.’
A march with heavy equipment over difficult terrain.‘a 60 km yomp’
journey, trip, expedition, safari, odysseyView synonyms
- ‘He finds a long yomp to be good for body, mind and spirit.’
- ‘The disciplinarian drill sergeant Javier Clemente was appointed as their new manager last Monday, charged with hauling a bedraggled set of troops on a yomp away from relegation.’
- ‘To begin the yomp, the Royals crossed a river in a snow flurry.’
- ‘It's a two-hour drive in a Land Rover, then a hard two-hour yomp over very rough ground carrying our myriad equipment.’
- ‘After landing they had a 35-mile yomp to Carisbrooke Castle.’
1980s: of unknown origin. The word came into prominence when used by the Royal Marines during the Falklands War of 1982.
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