bump (up) against (someone or something)

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bump (up) against (someone or something)

To touch or strike something or someone, usually lightly and unintentionally. Whenever someone opens the door, it bumps against the coat rack. I lost my balance and bumped up against the person in front of me in line.
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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.
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Lately the Establishment has been regaling us with views, statements, opinions and outpourings that bump against one another in a carnival of conflict themes, slants and directions.
Snoring occurs when these structures vibrate and bump against one another.
Mullins' stories bump against one another much as one stitch leads to another.
This allowed them to bump against one another, nicking surfaces in the process.
A long, soft palate and/or uvula (the dangling tissue in the back of your mouth) can narrow the opening from the nose to the throat, and as these structures vibrate and bump against one another, they also obstruct airways.