bump1 [ bʌmp ] verb *
1. ) transitive to accidentally hit part of your body against something, making it hurt:
Be careful not to bump your head.
a ) intransitive or transitive to hit against something solid once or many times:
Small boats were bumping against the wooden pier.
2. ) intransitive bump across/along/over etc. to move with rough up and down movements, especially over a surface that is not even:
The airplane bumped across a field before finally coming to a stop.
3. ) transitive usually passive INFORMAL to take a seat away from a passenger on an airplane because the AIRLINE has sold too many tickets
a ) AMERICAN INFORMAL to take someone's job away from them:
He was bumped from the second shift and put on the third.
,bump a`long phrasal verb intransitive
to continue at around the same level, rising and falling only slightly:
Their standard of living bumped along without any significant increase.
,bump `into phrasal verb transitive
1. ) bump into someone to meet someone unexpectedly:
I bumped into your mother at the supermarket.
2. ) bump into something to accidentally hit against something:
As I turned around, I bumped into a filing cabinet.
,bump `off phrasal verb transitive INFORMAL
to murder someone
,bump `up phrasal verb transitive INFORMAL
1. ) to increase something:
We expect interest rates to be bumped up another quarter point.
2. ) usually passive AMERICAN to move someone to a better position or job:
We were bumped up to first class when two seats became available.
,bump `up a,gainst phrasal verb transitive
bump up against something to experience a problem that slows down your progress:
We're now bumping up against the limits of our expansion in the present manufacturing facility.
bump 2 [ bʌmp ] noun count
1. ) a raised part on a surface:
Every time I went over a bump in the road, my bicycle chain came off.
a ) a raised part on your skin where you have been injured:
Her body was covered in bumps and bruises.
2. ) a hit or knock to a part of your body:
She got a nasty bump on the back of her head.
a ) a hit or knock against something solid:
We felt the bump and knew the boat had run aground.
b ) the sound of something hitting against something solid
bump 3 [ bʌmp ] adverb
things that go bump in the night HUMOROUS
frightening and mysterious noises that you hear at night

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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