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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: From the sound

bump

1 verb
     
bump1 S3
1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] to hit or knock against something
bump against
I ran after him, bumping against people in my hurry.
bump into
Tim was a clumsy boy, always bumping into the furniture.
bump something on something
She bumped her arm on the table.
The roof was so low he bumped his head (=his head hit the roof).
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to move up and down as you move forward, especially in a vehicle:
A police car bumped down the track.
bump along
The plane was bumping along the runway.
3 [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to push or pull something somewhere in an irregular or unsteady way:
Flora was bumping her bags down the steps.
4 [transitive] informal to move someone or something into a different class or group, or to remove them from a class or group altogether:
The flight was overbooked, and Dad was the first one to be bumped.
bump somebody up to/out of/from etc something
The reforms bumped many families off the state-provided healthcare list.
5 [transitive] to move a radio or television programme to a different time:
'Married with Children' will be bumped from Sundays to Saturdays.

bump into somebody

phrasal verb
to meet someone who you know when you were not expecting to [= run into]:
I bumped into Jean in town.

bump somebody ↔ off

phrasal verb
to kill someone

bump something ↔ up

phrasal verb
to suddenly increase something by a large amount:
Prices were bumped up by 10 percent last week.

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