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Topic: SHAPES, PATTERNS

Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Perhaps from Dutch homp or Low German humpe

hump

1 noun
     
hump1
1 [countable]CF a large round shape that rises above the surface of something:
the hump of a hill
2

speed/traffic humps

British English a series of humps in the road, designed to make traffic slow down
hump
3 [countable]HBA a raised part on the back of a camel
4 [countable]MI a raised part on someone's back that is caused by an unusually curved spine [↪ hunchback]
5

be over the hump

to have finished the most difficult part of something
6

give somebody the hump/get the hump

British English spoken to make someone feel angry or upset, or to feel angry or upset
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