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bump and grind

1. noun A dance characterized by aggressive and overtly sexualized hip movements, either by a single dancer or between two dance partners. It was a little disconcerting to see teenagers doing the bump and grind at the prom.
2. noun Any series or combination of rough, jarring movements, especially as in whitewater kayaking or road racing. The bump and grind through those last rapids gave me a headache!
3. verb To dance in a manner characterized by aggressive and overtly sexualized hip movements, either by a single dancer or between two dance partners. It was a little disconcerting to see teenagers bumping and grinding at the prom.
4. verb To perform any series or combination of rough, jarring movements, especially as in whitewater kayaking or road racing. We're going to have to bump and grind through this next section of the river.
See also: and, bump, grind

get goose bumps

To get bumps on one's skin where one's body hair stands on end as the result of an intense feeling of cold, nervousness, anxiety, excitement, or fear. I got goose bumps watching that scary movie last night! Their concert was so amazing, I got goose bumps when they played their first song! It's so cold in here that I'm getting goose bumps.
See also: bump, get, goose

things that go bump in the night

Frightful, deadly, and usually supernatural things or events that one imagines in the dark of night. When I was a kid, I hated staying in my grandparents' spooky old house because I was always kept awake by thoughts of ghosts, axe murderers, and other things that go bump in the night.
See also: bump, night, thing

bump heads with

To clash with another person on a particular issue. Monica and I are always bumping heads with each other about how to go about these reports because she wants to start writing, while I think we should research first. I just know I'm going to have to bump heads with Ted again about this budget—we always want to cut different things.
See also: bump, head

bump in the road

A problem that arises and interferes with forward progress (usually only temporarily). The project hit a bump in the road when Tom suddenly resigned, but I know we'll be fine—we just need to redistribute his assignment and keep going. Oh honey, I know you're upset that you didn't get the lead in the play, but it's just a bump in the road—and you still got a great part!
See also: bump, road

bump along

1. and bump along something Lit. to travel along a rough road. We bumped along on the dirt road to the lake. We bumped along the road, hanging onto our hats.
2. Fig. [for some plan or situation] to move along awkwardly and unevenly. The whole project bumped along to an uncertain conclusion. The plan bumped along for a while and then we all gave it up.
See also: bump

bump into someone

 and run into someone 
1. Lit. to move inadvertently or crash into someone. Excuse me. I didn't mean to bump into you. The child on the bicycle nearly bumped into me.
2. Fig. to chance on someone; to meet someone by chance. (Not normally with physical contact.) Guess who I bumped into downtown today? I ran into Bill Jones yesterday.
See also: bump

bump someone off

 and knock someone off
Sl. to kill someone. They tried to bump her off, but she was too clever and got away. The crooks threatened to bump off the witness to the crime.
See also: bump, off

bump someone or something up

1. Lit. to damage or batter someone or something. The crash into the wall bumped the race driver up a little. The accident bumped up the passengers a little.
2. Fig. to raise someone or something to a higher category or level. (As if pushing someone into a higher category.) I wanted to fly first class, but they wouldn't bump me up. The ticket agent bumped up both of my friends, but not me.
See also: bump, up

Bump that!

Sl. Forget that! Bump that! I was wrong. I gave you the wrong number. Bump that!
See also: bump

bump (up) against someone or something

to strike someone or something accidentally, usually relatively gently. The car bumped up against the curb. The door has bumped against the wall and scratched the paint.
See also: bump

*goose bumps

 and *goose pimples
Fig. a prickly feeling related to having bumps on one's skin due to fear, excitement, or cold. (*Typically: get ~ have ~ give someone ∼.) When I hear that old song, I get goose bumps. I never have goose pimples, but my teeth chatter when it's cold.
See also: bump, goose

If frogs had wheels, they wouldn't bump their butts,

 and If a toady frog had wings, he wouldn't bump his ass.
Rur. It is useless to wish for impossible things. (Use caution with ass.) Tom: If I had two hundred thousand dollars, I could buy that farm. Jane: Yeah, and if frogs had wheels, they wouldn't bump their butts. Charlie: If I were rich and famous, I'd make people listen to me. Bill: If a toady frog had wings, he wouldn't bump his ass.
See also: bump, butt, frog, if

Let's bump this place!

Sl. Let's get out of this place!; Let's leave! Time to go. Let's bump this place! Let's bump this place! It's dead here.
See also: bump, this

like a bump on a log

Fig. completely inert. (Derogatory.) Don't just sit there like a bump on a log; give me a hand! You can never tell what Julia thinks of something; she just stands there like a bump on a log.
See also: bump, like, log, on

bump into somebody/something

to unexpectedly meet someone or find something Last week, Jill bumped into an old college friend she hadn't seen in years. The story is about an amateur detective who lives in Maine and has an amazing ability to bump into real-life murder stories.
See also: bump

bump off somebody

also bump somebody off
to kill someone Unbelievable as it is, this woman decided that she was going to bump off her husband's girlfriend.
See also: bump, off

like a bump on a log

  (American informal)
if someone sits or stands somewhere like a bump on a log, they do not react in a useful or helpful way to the activities happening around them Don't just sit there like a bump on a log, come and help us!
See also: bump, like, log, on

be bumping along the bottom

if an economic system is bumping along the bottom, it is working very slowly With the economy bumping along the bottom, it seems unlikely any new jobs will be created.
See also: bottom, bump

bump into

1. Also, bump against. Collide, come in contact with; same as bang into. For example, It's easy to bump into furniture in the dark. [Mid-1800s]
2. Encounter, meet by chance, as in While I was downtown, I bumped into George. [Colloquial; 1880s] Also see run into.
See also: bump

bump off

Kill, murder, as in The convict bragged about bumping off his partner, or The first fighter plane bumped off three enemy aircraft. This term was at first principally criminal slang and somewhat later military jargon. [Slang; c. 1900]
See also: bump, off

bump up

1. Suddenly increase, as in Oil-producing nations decided to bump up the price of oil. This term is used mainly for prices or other figures. [Colloquial; 1930s]
2. Give a promotion. For example, Kevin hoped to be bumped up to first class, or After five years, she expected they would bump her up to vice-president. [Slang; second half of 1900s]
See also: bump, up

goose pimples

Also, goose bumps or flesh . Temporary rough skin caused by small raised bumps. For example, Horror movies always give me goose pimples, or She tends to get goose bumps whenever she goes to the dentist. This expression likens the skin of a plucked goose to the condition of human skin when a person is cold or afraid. [Early 1800s]
See also: goose, pimple

like a bump on a log

Unmoving, inactive, stupidly silent. For example, Harry just sat there like a bump on a log while everyone else joined in the fun. This simile presumably alludes to the immobility of such a protuberance. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
See also: bump, like, log, on

bump into

1. To collide with someone or something accidentally: I wasn't looking where I was going and bumped into a garbage can.
2. To encounter someone or something by chance: I often bump into my friends at the grocery store.
See also: bump

bump off

1. To remove someone or something from a list or hierarchy due to lack of time or space: To make room for people who would pay for seats, the concert manager bumped off everybody on the guest list. The airline had to bump me off because the flight was oversold.
2. To break someone's connection between a computer and the Internet or other network: Something strange happened on my computer and it has bumped me off the Internet. I got bumped off before I could finish downloading the file.
3. Slang To murder someone: The gang threatened to bump off anyone who interfered with their plan. The ringleader hired someone to bump his enemies off.
See also: bump, off

bump up

1. To damage or batter someone or something: Whoever tried to park that truck bumped up my car pretty badly. The skiing accident bumped me up a bit, but I'm okay.
2. To move someone to a higher position in a list: The doctors bumped up anyone who needed immediate medical attention to the top of the list. My friend at the theater bumped me up in the line for tickets.
3. To raise something or someone to a higher category or level: The store had to bump up their prices when the price of heating oil went up. All I had to do was ask, and the airline bumped me up from coach to business class.
See also: bump, up


tv. to remove someone from an airplane flight, usually involuntarily, because of overbooking. They bumped me but gave me something to make up for it.

bump someone off

tv. to kill someone. (Originally underworld.) What am I supposed to do, bump her off?
See also: bump, off

Bump that!

tv. Forget that! Bump that! I was wrong.
See also: bump

bump uglies

tv. [for two people] to copulate. You been bumpin’ uglies with Joannie again?
See also: bump


1. mod. [of music] having a good beat. Man, this music is bumping. I can feel the beat.
2. mod. crowded and busy. This place is bumping. Let’s sit in the corner, out of the way.
3. mod. really good; cool. We had a bumping time at Tiff’s last night.
See also: bump

bumping fuzzies

n. copulation. (The fuzzies refer to the participants’ pelvic regions.) She caught them bumping fuzzies in the pantry.
See also: bump, fuzzy

Let’s bump this place!

tv. Let’s get out of this place!; Let’s leave! Time to go. Let’s bump this place!
See also: bump, this
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Passengers who are bumped involuntarily are, with a few exceptions, entitled to financial compensation of up to $400 if the airline does not arrange substitute transportation that is scheduled to arrive at their destination within one hour.
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It was critical that we respond in a timely manner to the growing demand from our customers for bumped product.