Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Perhaps from Dutch dompen 'to put in water, throw down'


1 verb
dump1 [transitive]

put something somewhere

[always + adverb/preposition] to put something somewhere in a careless untidy way:
Merrill dumped her suitcase down in the hall.
dump something on something
They dump tons of salt on icy road surfaces to make driving safer.
dump something in/into something
He found a can of beef stew and dumped it in a saucepan to heat.

get rid of something

a) to get rid of something that you do not want:
Ellie dumped all the photos of her ex-husband.
He dumped her body into the sea.
b) to get rid of waste material by taking it from people's houses and burying it under the soil:
Britain dumps more of its waste than any other European country.

end relationship

informal to end a relationship with someone:
Vicky dumped Neil yesterday.

sell goods

BBT to get rid of goods by selling them in a foreign country at a much lower price
dump in/on
a campaign to stop cheap European beef being dumped in West Africa

copy information

TD technical to copy information stored in a computer's memory on to something else such as a disk or magnetic tape dumping

dump on somebody

phrasal verb

dump something on somebody

to unfairly give someone an unwanted job, duty, or problem to deal with:
Don't just dump the extra work on me.
2 American English to treat someone badly
3 American English to criticize someone very strongly and often unfairly:
politicians dumping on their opponents

dump (something) on somebody

to tell someone all your problems and worries:
We all dump our troubles on Mike.

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