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bust (one's) hump

1. (acting upon oneself) To exert a significant amount of energy to do, accomplish, or complete something, especially with great haste. I've been busting my hump all night long to get this presentation ready for tomorrow's meeting. She's going to have to bust her hump if she wants a place on the varsity team.
2. (acting upon someone else) To harass, nag, or upbraid someone to do, accomplish, or complete something. The boss is busting everyone's hump to get the project ready by next week. Quit busting my hump! I'll get it done eventually!
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be over the hump

slang To have endured and surpassed the most difficult or unpleasant part of a task or situation. Primarily heard in US. I had a hard time adjusting to my new job, but I'm over the hump now that it's been a few months. We're finally over the hump with this research. All that's left to do are citations.
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over the hump

 
1. Fig. over the hard part; past the midpoint. Things should be easy from now on. We finally got over the hump. When you get over the hump, life is much better.
2. intoxicated on drugs. Harry is over the hump now. He is stoned. This stuff makes you sick at first. Then suddenly you are over the hump and floating.
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over the hump

past the most difficult or dangerous part of something I hope power companies will have enough electricity to get over the hump of seasonal demand. The other team got off to a big lead at the start, and we just couldn't quite get over the hump.
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be over the hump

  (American informal)
to be past the most difficult or dangerous part of an activity or period of time We're over the hump now. I'm back at work and we've repaid our debts.
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get the hump

  (British informal)
to get annoyed or upset with someone because you think they have done something bad to you Tony got the hump because he thought we hadn't invited him to the party. (British informal)
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over the hump

Past the most difficult part, as in She's over the hump with her dissertation; she'll soon be done. This expression alludes to a barrier that impedes progress. [Colloquial; 1920s]
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hump

1. tv. & in. to copulate [with] someone. (Refers to male arching his back in copulation, as in fornicate. Usually objectionable.) The sailor spent his entire leave drinking and humping.
2. n. an act of copulation. (Usually objectionable.) The sailor said he needed a hump and left the ship for the port.
3. n. a person who will copulate without much persuasion. (Usually objectionable.) He’s okay as a hump, but he can’t dance.

hump (along)

in. to move along in a hurry. Come on, move it! Hump to the main office and be fast about it!
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hump

verb

hump it (to somewhere)

tv. to move rapidly (to somewhere). I have to hump it over to Kate’s place right now.
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hump it

verb
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over the hump 1

mod. drug intoxicated. Things should be easy from now on. We are over the hump.
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over the hump

Past the worst or most difficult part or stage: At last I'm over the hump on my term paper.
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Al-Sada also said all unauthorised humps will be removed within three years.
Hump, produced by Michael Lindner, will be available for purchase for $15, in which you can meet Gonzales and have him sign your copy right there before he and his trio hump through a few tunes from the new release.
This has been a little-documented piece of the war, despite all the aviation histories on the market covering other facets of pilot experience, and so Hump Pilot stands out in this arena as a rare survey of Eastern Himalayan dangers and challenges.
As for the speed hump near the GDN's office, the ministry will urgently carry out the necessary maintenance work.
From early 1942 until just after the surrender of the Japanese in 1945, the Hump airlift served as the best tangible expression of America's commitment to China.
The hump is the perfect height for sending toy cars down and playing war games with plastic army men.
He said Hump was one of five children whose parents emigrated from Carno near Newtown to Chicago in the 1890s.
Hughes took LordWigley to many of the US gangland figure's old haunts for the programme - Murray the Hump - Gangster in the Family.
My Humps - which reached No3 in the UK - was savaged by the music press at the time.
Something I read a couple of years ago in a London national newspaper brought these speed humps into focus.
At the moment, the council spends thousands of pounds installing speed humps to calm traffic, what is a pothole but an inverted speed hump?
Eriez provided a solution by supplying a Magnetic Hump Separator.
One of the other rituals that happen on my Wednesday morning drive to the breakfast dive is the local "talk radio jock," declaring that "today is hump day.
People's cars are being ruined and so are businesses - they even have a speed hump on the mountain road to Carmel Chapel, where you can't go more than 10mph anyway.
T road hump does more damage to our cars than the pot hole and only serves to make life more miserable for the majority of considerate drivers as well as the emergency services.