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lump

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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lumplump1 /lʌmp/ ●●○ noun [countable]  1 PIECEa small piece of something solid, without a particular shape Strain the custard to remove lumps.lump of Melt a lump of butter in your frying-pan.see thesaurus at piece2 STICK OUTa small hard swollen area that sticks out from someone’s skin or grows in their body, usually because of an illness You should never ignore a breast lump.3 DFa small square block of sugar One lump or two?4 a lump in/to somebody’s throat5 take your lumps6 British English spokenSTUPID/NOT INTELLIGENT someone who is stupid or clumsy He’s a big fat lump.
Examples from the Corpus
lumpI was almost hit by a lump of rock that fell from the cliff.He had a lump on his forehead the size of a golf ball.In your frying pan melt a lump of butter.She saw a lump under the bedclothes.For a moment she said nothing, she just swallowed as if there were a lump in her throat.But what about those lavas that solidify into one homogeneous lump, without crystallizing?I got a little lump in my throat.Throw a few more lumps of coal on the fire.There are a lot of lumps in this sauce.He put the gun in his pocket, where it made a slight lump.Stir the mixture until all the lumps are gone.The lump in Kay's breast turned out to be cancerous.lump ofa lump of clay
lumplump2 verb [transitive]  1 lump it2 TOGETHERto put two or more different people or things together and consider them as a single group, sometimes wronglylump something together You can’t lump the symptoms together and blame them all on stress.lump somebody/something in with somebody/something The danger is that people who pay their bills on time will be lumped in with those that don’t.→ See Verb table
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lumpMercedes-Benz's proud engineers also loathe being lumped in with companies making everything from washing machines to weapons.Whole areas of property will be lumped into bands with no attempt at individual valuations.In addition, many minerals can be lumped into groups.This year marks the first time that the four industrial states have lumped their primaries together early in a campaign.However, I warn people against lumping together pindown and what has been happening in Leicestershire.They object to the two giants being lumped together simply because they are hugely ambitious, colossally expensive and largely Texan.All benefits and income from producing units were lumped together to establish overall feasibility.She and a whole group of Communists whom the prosecutor had lumped together were to be tried later.lump something togetherThe statistics lump all minority students together.
From Longman Business Dictionarylumplump1 /lʌmp/ noun1take the/your lumps American English informal to have some problemsThey took their lumps but they’re on the road to profitability.2the lump British English informal a system of employing workers in the building industry. Workers who are self-employed are paid a fixed amount of money for each day, often in cashSome subcontractors expect to be paid on the lump.lumplump2 adjective lump labour British English self-employed workers in the building industry who are paid a fixed amount of money for each day, often in cashgrowth in the amount of lump labour employed in the construction industry
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Verb table
lump
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theylump
he, she, itlumps
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theylumped
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave lumped
he, she, ithas lumped
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad lumped
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill lump
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have lumped
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam lumping
he, she, itis lumping
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you, we, theyare lumping
Past
I, he, she, itwas lumping
you, we, theywere lumping
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been lumping
he, she, ithas been lumping
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been lumping
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be lumping
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been lumping
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