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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bump 'n' grind
fist bump
speed bump
▪ In the distance, Ybreska saw a vehicle approaching, throwing up huge dust-clouds as it bumped along the rutted track.
▪ Soon we see the plane bumping along the runway.
▪ It was a misty Sunday morning and we were bumping along the Ridge Way, near Wantage.
▪ Far from bumping along on the bottom, desperate for money, it is in good heart.
▪ As I bumped along the road on my stomach, my clothing experienced serious stress.
▪ Her tracksuit and flying jacket dragged on the ground as she slid and bumped down into the blackness.
▪ As he raced and bumped down the track, the helicopter suddenly lifted and flew forward, leaving him on his own.
▪ You just bumped into it and it toppled.
Just carrying on as normal, just bumping along the bottom.
▪ Is he there to bump off Jim?
▪ Mead was bumped off major cases and firm committees, then given only administrative duties, the lawsuit alleges.
▪ But neither could you escape the fact that it seemed specifically designed for bumping off toddlers.
▪ Or bummed out, or bumped off, or some bumptious buckaroo had burst your bubble.
▪ I was afraid that at any moment the car would go bumping off it, into the surrounding desert.
▪ Each is a hermetically sealed universe, bumping off the others with very little cross-pollination.
▪ Mrs Cons-Boutboul, it is said, therefore decided to have Mr Perrot bumped off.
▪ Too many banks, bump off a third.
▪ He breathed a sigh of relief as he bumped over the crest.
▪ Now it bumps over into the next cluster and in effect fills it up, too.
▪ Behind his head the lights of the lorry were flashing as it bumped over the hard ridges of ice.
▪ She went faster and faster, swinging round corners, bumping over uneven patches in the lane.
▪ Marge, the gal who capsized and bumped over the rocks at Chase Rapids, showed us her bottom bruises.
▪ He began to drag the corpse along, its buttocks bumping over the ground.
▪ They know that it bumps up sales figures.
▪ The oil company declined to say how much more it might bump up prices to cover its costs.
▪ Merrydown has bumped up production facilities to cope with the expected demand.
▪ Although Dole is bumping up against the federal spending ceiling, he could opt to ignore it altogether.
▪ Even the compere, noted for his own style in suits, tried to bump up the bidding.
▪ They bumped up the stumpy hillside.
▪ I had hoped for thirty on the paved road to bump up the average before the open desert at Adrar.
▪ Supplies of natural gas are tight, with prices rising as growing demand bumped up against recent production declines.
▪ I was afraid that at any moment the car would go bumping off it, into the surrounding desert.
▪ The car bumped in and out of potholes.
▪ She got into the car, bumping herself everywhere.
▪ The car was closer, bumping heavily over the rough track.
▪ Tug watched the back of the police car bump its way up the track.
▪ All those cars bumping into one another.
▪ The car bumped up the unmetalled drive, clambering towards the sunlight again.
▪ Max Hess, Folkestone, Kent I bumped into a friend the other day but had forgotten his name.
▪ Notes &038; Queries Joseph Harker I bumped into a friend, but had forgotten his name.
▪ Chris bumped his head again while snorkelling and now has rather an impressive bandage!
▪ Getting up from rummaging in the wastepaper basket, she bumped her head, very lightly, on the sink.
▪ I waited ten more minutes, then raised the latch and eased the door open until it bumped against his head.
▪ He went on to bump his head on a beam.
▪ Occasional low lintels bumped and scraped his head in the blackness.
▪ She tried to get up on all fours, and bumped her head on the underside of the bed.
▪ I went up slowly, taking myself as high as I could without bumping my head against the ceiling.
▪ From time to time they bumped into each other.
▪ One argument is that the particles of matter and antimatter began bumping into each other and annihilating.
▪ Only a handful of visitors can browse without bumping into each other.
▪ Meanwhile, opponents build their empires, and eventually the civilizations bump into each other.
▪ People grinned and found seats by lightly bumping into each other and murmured soft apologies.
▪ I run after her, bumping against people in my rush.
▪ He would bump into too many people who knew him.
▪ He bumped into people without realising it, walked into walls and was almost run over by Tock in his protective case.
▪ I carry on walking down the street, careful not to bump into people so I don't fall over again.
▪ The pavement's too crowded to walk on without bumping into people, so I step off and walk in the gutter.
▪ And when I pretended to be a horse I got so excited I bumped into this litter bin and fell over.
▪ We stay true to our system until we get bumped out.
▪ Occasionally, comets even get bumped into orbits that send them crashing into the sun.
▪ But who ever heard of getting bumped from a cruise?
▪ Some people get goose bumps when they hear a symphony or behold the valley from the top of a mountain.
▪ It's all crowded with all these trolleys and I keep bumping into them.
▪ In fact, they keep bumping into one another.
▪ Sadly that corner, like the proverbial corner the economy keeps bumping against, was not turned.
▪ As a result he kept bumping into everybody.
come back/down to earth (with a bump)
▪ Adai can come back to Earth after Gog is dead - after I am dead, perhaps.
▪ AIr travellers came down to earth with a bump yesterday when they joined in some charity aerobics.
▪ In Karuzi you quickly come down to earth.
▪ Maybe, but the once pricey products that use this satellite technology have come down to earth.
▪ Peter Lilley came down to earth.
▪ They recently have come down to Earth.
▪ Babies are always bumping their heads.
▪ His right leg bumped against the parking brake.
▪ But here I am stuck now and can't go out in case I bump into her.
▪ He had a curious knock-kneed kind of walk that seemed to send him bumping into things all the time.
▪ I bumped into porters carrying baskets on their shoulders.
▪ I run after her, bumping against people in my rush.
▪ Luckily, as they returned to Cockroach, Wednesday's dormitory, they bumped into Matron who was fixing her motorbike.
▪ On my way out of the compound one morning, I bumped into Sara.
▪ This does not mean you have to excuse a child who hits another child who accidentally bumped into him.
▪ However, this was different. Goose bumps pocked his bare flesh.
▪ The sound of the rain made me cold, brought up goose bumps.
▪ If he gets goose bumps, we may never know.
▪ As they ran, the cool air animated them and raised goose bumps on their glistening flesh.
▪ It stopped an admiring eye like a visual speed bump.
▪ Rob hit the speed bumps fast, a nonverbal message to the guard.
▪ The roughest road they will likely encounter is a parking lot studded with speed bumps.
▪ In the big picture, the Rams were nothing more than a speed bump on the road toward the Super Bowl.
▪ Internet advertising, until recently flourishing, is hitting its first speed bump.
▪ Down the road, these are speed bumps to address.
▪ If he gets goose bumps, we may never know.
▪ But Louvin got a good bump from Elliot and Clark.
▪ A car was coming up the track at high speed, creaking and groaning as it went over the bumps.
▪ Reznor was not aware of it, however, and was somewhat surprised to find nasty things going bump in the night.
▪ Back there, he said, did you see me go over that bump?
▪ Things that go bump in the night.
▪ If you hit a bump you banged your head on the top of the hatch.
▪ Rob hit the speed bumps fast, a nonverbal message to the guard.
▪ The only problem is that some have a tendency to shake the bars if you hit a bump mid-corner.
▪ Internet advertising, until recently flourishing, is hitting its first speed bump.
▪ The steamroller had hit a bump, but for the time being it was back on course.
▪ a bump in the road
▪ A small bump had started to develop over Irene's eye.
▪ At night, the old house seemed to be full of strange creaks and bumps.
▪ I nearly stumbled over a bump in the ground.
▪ I was backing up when I felt a bump.
▪ Martin sat down suddenly with a bump.
▪ The car rattled every time it went over a bump.
▪ Anderson wound up taking him to the hospital, where Smyth was treated for a sprained ankle and bumps and bruises.
▪ Further discussion is cut short by a bump that interposes a few bodies between us.
▪ Had she driven over a bump in the road too violently?
▪ The sound of the rain made me cold, brought up goose bumps.
▪ This method is particularly suitable for removing minor bumps in the landscape, the new level blending naturally in with the surroundings.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bump \Bump\, v. i. [See Boom to roar.] To make a loud, heavy, or hollow noise, as the bittern; to boom.

As a bittern bumps within a reed.


Bump \Bump\ (b[u^]mp; 215), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bumped (b[u^]mpt); p. pr. & vb. n. Bumping.] [Cf. W. pwmp round mass, pwmpiaw to thump, bang, and E. bum, v. i., boom to roar.] To strike, as with or against anything large or solid; to thump; as, to bump the head against a wall.


Bump \Bump\, v. i. To come in violent contact with something; to thump. ``Bumping and jumping.''


Bump \Bump\, n. [From Bump to strike, to thump.]

  1. A thump; a heavy blow.

  2. A swelling or prominence, resulting from a bump or blow; a protuberance.

    It had upon its brow A bump as big as a young cockerel's stone.

  3. (Phren.) One of the protuberances on the cranium which are associated with distinct faculties or affections of the mind; as, the bump of ``veneration;'' the bump of ``acquisitiveness.'' [Colloq.]

  4. The act of striking the stern of the boat in advance with the prow of the boat following. [Eng.]


Bump \Bump\, n. The noise made by the bittern.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, "protuberance caused by a blow;" 1610s as "a dull, solid blow;" see bump (v.). The dancer's bump and grind attested from 1940.


1560s, "to bulge out;" 1610s, "to strike heavily," perhaps from Scandinavian, probably echoic, original sense was "hitting" then of "swelling from being hit." Also has a long association with obsolete bum "to make a booming noise," which perhaps influenced surviving senses such as bumper crop, for something full to the brim (see bumper). To bump into "meet" is from 1880s; to bump off "kill" is 1908 in underworld slang. Related: Bumped; bumping. Bumpsy (adj.) was old slang for "drunk" (1610s).


n. 1 A light blow or jolting collision. 2 The sound of such a collision. 3 A protuberance on a level surface. 4 A swelling on the skin caused by illness or injury. 5 One of the protuberances on the cranium which, in phrenology, are associated with distinct faculties or affections of the mind. 6 (context rowing English) The point, in a race in which boats are spaced apart at the start, at which a boat begins to overtake the boat ahead. 7 The swollen abdomen of a pregnant woman. 8 (context Internet English) A post in an Internet forum thread made in order to raise the thread's profile by returning it to the top of the list of active threads. 9 A temporary increase in a quantity, as shown in a graph. 10 (context slang English) A dose of a drug such as ketamine or cocaine, when snorted recreationally. 11 The noise made by the bittern; a boom. 12 A coarse cotton fabric. 13 A training match for a fighting dog. 14 (context snooker slang English) The jaw#snooker of either of the middle pocket#snooker. vb. 1 To knock against or run into with a jolt. 2 To move up or down by a step. 3 (context Internet English) To post in an Internet forum thread in order to raise the thread's profile by returning it to the top of the list of active threads. 4 (context chemistry of a superheated liquid English) To suddenly boil, causing movement of the vessel and loss of liquid. 5 (context transitive English) To move (a booked passenger) to a later flight because of earlier delays or cancellations. 6 (context transitive English) To move the time of a scheduled event. 7 (context archaic English) To make a loud, heavy, or hollow noise; to boom.

  1. n. a lump on the body caused by a blow

  2. something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from a form [syn: bulge, hump, gibbosity, gibbousness, jut, prominence, protuberance, protrusion, extrusion, excrescence]

  3. an impact (as from a collision); "the bump threw him off the bicycle" [syn: blow]

  1. v. knock against with force or violence; "My car bumped into the tree" [syn: knock]

  2. come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "We find this idea in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day" [syn: find, happen, chance, encounter]

  3. dance erotically or dance with the pelvis thrust forward; "bump and grind"

  4. assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sargeant" [syn: demote, relegate, break, kick downstairs] [ant: promote]

  5. remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied; "The new employee dislodged her by moving into her office space" [syn: dislodge, displace]


Bump or Bumps may refer to:

Bump (dance)

The bump was Introduced in 1975. The lyrics were "We love the bump; everybody bump; gotta do the bump." The dance had a goal to lightly "bump" hips on every other beat of the music. There was no need to have a partner. The dance could become more athletic bumping Hip to hip in full knee bend up to a standing position. Iintimate, bumping hip to backside, low bending, etc. KC and the Sunshine band and many others picked up on the rhythm and "The Bump" became a worldwide dance craze summer 1975.

Bump (album)

Bump is an experimental Jazz fusion album by John Scofield. It was released on March 14, 2000 by Verve Records. The album was produced by Lee Townsend and recorded & mixed by Joe Ferla and Kevin Killen, executive producer was Susan Scofield.

BUMP (comics)

'' BUMP'' is a 2007- 2008 comic book limited series written and illustrated by Mark Kidwell with colors and letters by Jay Fotos.

Bump (application)

Bump! was an iOS and Android application that enabled smartphone users to transfer contact information, photos and files between devices. In 2011, it was #8 on Apple's list of all-time most popular free iPhone apps, and by February 2013 it had been downloaded 125 million times. Its developer, Bump Technologies, shut down the service and discontinued the app on January 31, 2014, after being acquired by Google for Android Beam.

Bump (union)

A bump is a reassignment of jobs on the basis of seniority in unionised organisations in the private or public sector.

For example, if a job becomes vacant, more than one person may be reassigned to different tasks or ranks on the basis of who has worked for the organisation longer. As the next person assumes the duties of the person who has vacated, now the job of the replacement person likewise becomes vacant and must thus be filled by the next person with the appropriate seniority level. An exception to this may be unionised organisations that occasionally employ summer students, whereby the students do not officially accumulate any seniority and cannot thus "bump" another person.

Bump (TV series)

Bump was a television programme aimed at young children, created by Charles Mills and Terry Brain (also responsible for The Trap Door and Stoppit and Tidyup), produced by Queensgate Productions and originally aired on BBC1. It was a cartoon that featured an elephant named Bump and a bluebird named Birdie. The first series was aired from 14 September to 7 December 1990, and the second from 10 January to 4 April 1994. The two series ran a total of twenty-six episodes, each 5 minutes long. In 1994 there was a Christmas special which was 10 minutes in length. The programme was narrated by Simon Cadell of Hi-de-Hi! fame, who died in 1996. Bump was known to be very clumsy, a trait that was emphasised by a bandage stuck onto his forehead. Birdie would often give Bump advice on how he could become more graceful. Bump and Birdie regularly encountered animals that had a problem (such as Whizzer the mouse, Munch the tortoise, McDuff the dog, Big Bun and Little Bun the rabbits and Batty the bat) and would help them to find a solution. Most of these animals were recurring characters, and all of the characters' Stoppit and Tidyup-esque sounds were made by analog synthesizers.

Bump (nickname)

Bump is a nickname for:

  • Robert Blackwell (1918-1985), American bandleader, songwriter, arranger and record producer nicknamed "Bumps"
  • Bump Elliott (born 1925), American football player and coach
  • Bump Hadley (1904–1963), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Bump Wills (born 1952), American Major League Baseball second basemen
Bump (surname)

Bump is the surname of:

  • Hulda Pierce Warren Bump and Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump, birth names of dwarf entertainers and sisters Minnie Warren (1849-1878) and Lavinia Warren (1841-1919) respectively, the latter the wife of "General Tom Thumb"
  • Menzus R. Bump (1838-1913), American politician
  • Nate Bump (born 1976), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Suzanne M. Bump (born 1956), American politician and first female Massachusetts State Auditor

Usage examples of "bump".

The lorislike adapid had a shield of thickened skin over bony bumps on its back, beneath which it now tucked its head.

The long Aenean stride readily matched wagons bumping and groaning over roadless wrinkled hills.

Ayla handed him the unusual pouch, noticing the arthritic bumps in his long, thin, old hands.

The bottom of the basket bumped, then acted as a break as the balloon, pulled by the slight breeze, rushed on up the slope, so of course the basket tipped on to its side and we were dragged for many bone-shaking yards while the actual ground came nearer and nearer our heads until finally the basket was grounded on its beam ends and we were all stacked as if in pigeonholes above it.

As it tore down the autobahn toward Frankfurt, the bumping caused the heavy springs above the front wheels to retract slightly, crushing the small bulb between the jaws of the bomb trigger to fragments of glass.

As babies begin to inch on their bellies, crawl, pull up, stand up, take their first steps, climb stairs, and venture out, they also begin to get bumps and bruises, to totter and fall, to scrape and cut themselves.

He greeted the dragon as Baken had shown him, as an adult greeted a subadult, with a breathy trill and a head bump, then without a pause, he vaulted up into the saddle.

And just now the bumping of the Tube train shaped his emotion into something that began with Success that poisons many a baser mind With thoughts of self, may lift-- but stopped there because, when he changed into another train, the jerkier movement altered the rhythm into something more lyrical, and he got somewhat confused between the two and ended by losing both.

He talked microbes and biofilms and bacterial communities even when they reached the protruding tongue of slick, black stones leading into the first cave, even during all the business of docking and handing her over the side and mentioning that she just might want to watch out for the algae that made the cave entrance so slippery and oops, I forgot to mention that little bump just inside.

So after being perfectly outmaneuvered by committee and bumped upstairs to Commander of the new Starflight Agency, there was nothing left for him except bitching to Oscar and Anna about losing crucial people at critical times because they were needed to establish a duplicate facility at High Angel.

Then, in a sudden quiet, just as the Biter stopped her forward movement and began to disengage herself and slide astern, the fore topsail yard, bumped and pulled and jostled in its par rels broke at the truss.

Prew explained, as they started back up toward the bivouac, them on one side, Slade on the other, stumbling over roots and bumping into branches.

The rain drummed on what there was of the roof of their haramlek, and dripped down and pooled in the makeshift awnings, which burst in bucketloads down your neck if you bumped into them, and the mist drifted in at every direction through the paneless windows, and the mountains, most of the time, seemed to consist of cloud, or to have vanished entirely.

The rain drummed on what there was of the roof of their haramlek, and dripped down and pooled in the makeshift awnings, which burst in bucketloads down your neck if you bumped into them, and the mist drifted in from every direction through the paneless windows, and the mountains, most of the time, seemed to consist of cloud, or to have vanished entirely.

When he buffed her, she stretched and crooned and bumped her head against his hand, begging for further caresses.