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lump

1 noun
     
Related topics: Food
lump1 S2 [countable]
1 a 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.
2 a 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.
3DF a small square block of sugar:
One lump or two?
4

a lump in/to somebody's throat

a feeling that you want to cry:
There was a lump in her throat as she gazed at the child.
5

take your lumps

American English informal to accept the bad things that happen and not let them affect you:
According to experts, the company took its lumps but is on the road to profitability.
6 British English spoken someone who is stupid or clumsy:
He's a big fat lump.

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