bump along

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bump along

1. Literally, to bounce or be jostled while traveling on an uneven surface. My car bumped along the stretch of road where the construction crew was working.
2. By extension, to proceed in a chaotic or nonlinear manner, as of a task or situation. The project just bumped along for months until we finally got the funding we needed.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
The Balesuna grew shallow as well, and oftener were the loaded boats bumped along and half-lifted over the bottom.
Shimerda and Peter were on the front seat; Antonia and I sat in the straw behind and ate our lunch as we bumped along.
They bobbed and bumped along up the estuary in countless thousands.
Economic dangers - pages 18&19) THE economy of South Wales, like the rest of the UK, has bumped along unhappily for the past three years.
There was still no gritting, so we bumped along the same grooves on a very grim journey.
The pair were matched at 100 on the exchanges when bumped along in an unpromising position after halfway, but Doyle immediately took the necessary action and urged his mount alongside the leaders.
The reason is supposed to be that after TOWs have bumped along for 2,000 miles they need to be turned in because that much vibration affects their gyros.
So, on a 50-mile trip into beautiful Amboseli, we dutifully bumped along two-lane tracks with craters large enough to swallow a safari van.
We wanted to make friends without losing perspective and transmit information using sandstorm-befouled equipment as we bumped along together toward Baghdad.
Particles too heavy to hop can nonetheless be pushed or rolled by the winds or bumped along by saltating sand.
When Cox jogged in the sweltering weather, a gas mask bumped along at his waist.
As we headed for the forest, we bumped along in a large all-wheel-drive military-type vehicle over the roughest forest roads we'd ever experienced.
The plane bumped along the runway, slid off course and stalled in a field.
As Amy Sylvis walked to her next class Thursday morning, a dirty and bedraggled stuffed bear bumped along the ground behind her, tied to her red backpack with a bright blue ribbon.
His capsule bumped along the ground for 15 minutes before grinding to a halt in the desert close to the town of Birdsville.