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1‘I landed with a bump’
jolt, collision, crash, smash, smack, crack, thwack, bang, thud, thump, buffet, knock, rap, tap, impact
informal whack, bash, wallop
2‘I was woken by a bump’
bang, sharp noise, crack, boom, clang, peal, clap, pop, snap, knock, tap, slam, thud, thump, clunk, clonk, clash, crash, smash, smack
stamp, stomp, clump, clomp
report, explosion, detonation, shot
informal wham, whump
3‘the wheels hit a bump in the road’
hump, bulge, lump, knob, knot, projection, prominence, eminence, ridge, protuberance
4‘the police would ask him how he got the bump on his head’
swelling, lump, bulge, injury, contusion
nodule, node, outgrowth, growth, carbuncle, hunch, excrescence, protuberance, projection
technical process, bulla
rare tumescence, intumescence, tumefaction
1‘all those cars bumped into each other’
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
North American impact
2‘the cart bumping along the road’
bounce, jolt, jerk, rattle, shake, jounce
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