bump ( bumps plural & 3rd person present) ( bumping present participle) ( bumped past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you bump into something or someone, you accidentally hit them while you are moving.
They stopped walking and he almost bumped into them... V into/against n
He bumped his head on the low beams of the house. V n
Bump is also a noun., n-count
Small children often cry after a minor bump.
2 n-count A bump is the action or the dull sound of two heavy objects hitting each other.
I felt a little bump and I knew instantly what had happened..., The child took five steps, and then sat down with a bump.
3 n-count A bump is a minor injury or swelling that you get if you bump into something or if something hits you.
She fell against our coffee table and got a large bump on her forehead.
4 n-count If you have a bump while you are driving a car, you have a minor accident in which you hit something.
5 n-count A bump on a road is a raised, uneven part.
The truck hit a bump and bounced.
6 verb If a vehicle bumpsover a surface, it travels in a rough, bouncing way because the surface is very uneven.
We left the road, and again bumped over the mountainside... V prep/adv, Also V way adv/prep
8 If someone comes down to earthwith a bump, they suddenly start recognizing unpleasant facts after a period of time when they have not been doing this.
with a bump phrase PHR after v (emphasis)
Company bosses have come back down to earth with a bump after a period of post-election euphoria. bump into phrasal verb If you bump into someone you know, you meet them unexpectedly.
I happened to bump into Mervyn Johns in the hallway. V P n bump off phrasal verb To bump someone off means to kill them.
often HUMOROUS, INFORMAL They will probably bump you off anyway! V n P
...the hit man he's hired to bump off his wife. V P n (not pron)
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