lumplump1 /lʌmp/ ●●○ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1PIECEa 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 piece2STICK 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.3DFa small squareblock of sugar 🔊 One lump or two?4 →a lump in/to somebody’s throat5 →take your lumps6British English spokenSTUPID/NOT INTELLIGENT someone who is stupid or clumsy 🔊 He’s a big fat lump.
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lump• I was almost hit by a lump of rock that fell from the cliff.• He had a lump on his forehead the size of a golfball.• In your fryingpanmelt 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 homogeneouslump, 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 slightlump.• Stir the mixture until all the lumps are gone.• The lump in Kay's breast turned out to be cancerous.lump of• a lump ofclaylumplump2 verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 1 →lump it2TOGETHERto 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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lump• Mercedes-Benz's proudengineers also loathe being lumped in with companies making everything from washingmachines to weapons.• Whole areas of property will be lumped into bands with no attempt at individualvaluations.• 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 producingunits were lumped together to establishoverall feasibility.• She and a whole group of Communists whom the prosecutor had lumped together were to be tried later.lump something together• The statisticslump 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 fixedamount of money for each day, often in cashSome subcontractors expect to be paid on the lump.lumplump2 adjectivelump 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