sleeping policeman

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sleeping policeman

slang A bump, ramp, or hump in the road that is intended to cause cars to reduce their speed, especially in residential areas. Primarily heard in UK. There was a real problem of cars speeding around the tight corners near our housing estate, so the local council agreed to install a number of sleeping policemen in and around the area.
See also: sleep
References in classic literature ?
Hooker Wilson was the first criminal I ever knew, and he was a policeman," explained Fisher, twirling his wine glass.
I can just imagine what a funny figure that policeman cut
And as he waved his arms to impersonate the policeman, his portly form again shook with a deep ringing laugh, the laugh of one who always eats well and, in particular, drinks well.
He saw a policeman gain the top of the load, a second, and a third.
A kick in the face led an ascending policeman to follow his example.
Pete locked the doors and then followed up the avenue in the rear of the crowd- encompassed policeman and his charge.
But at that moment the policeman grabbed his arm with a savage jerk that nearly overthrew him.
On the other side of the second square he found a policeman, and said: "This is urgent, constable; have you seen two clergymen in shovel hats?
Valentin produced his official card and said very rapidly: "Call up two of your men to come with me in pursuit," and crossed the road with such contagious energy that the ponderous policeman was moved to almost agile obedience.
Tis Jawn McCaskey and his missis at it again," meditated the policeman.
Tis probably the cat," said Policeman Cleary, and walked hastily in the other direction.
At Eighth and Broadway, waiting for her car to return home, the policeman on the corner recognized her and greeted her.
But, in spite of all that, he was now a policeman, and Billy was now a striker.
The policeman looked at the card that was handed down to him.
And taking the policeman by the hand he drew him towards the seat.