bump along

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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It said: "The recovery continues to bump along with little momentum gathered on a quarterly basis and there has been negligible overall improvement since 2009.
Clearly things will continue to bump along the floor unless the UK Government does inject a significant amount of money into the economy.
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UK growth will at best bump along at these low levels for years," said Chris Scicluna, deputy head of economic research at Daiwa Capital Markets Europe in London.
Still, Shipside warned that a robust recovery is far from imminent: "With only seven [major] lenders remaining in the lending game, including three government-backed institutions that are prioritizing their balance sheets over new lending, we are set to bump along the bottom for some time yet.
I believe it will bump along for a while before gradually improving," he will tell an audience of about 250 property professionals.
I strongly suspect that Matrix owners, after a year or two of wistfully watching Malibu/Mirages climb above them into on-top blue skies while they bump along in the clouds sucking on the oxygen tube, may come to rue the day they rejected pressurization.
I look at this as a speed bump along the way," said Wilder, who expects a better 2005-06 fiscal year outlook.
as we bump along the pitted street where construction
Kyser also thinks mortgage rates will continue to bump along at low levels for the first part of next year.
The old cowboys called this Dead Horse Slough," Dow says, pointing out the largest body of water, as we bump along in his Ram Charger.
You bump along desert roads to gold mines hand-dug in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Now, of course, we are back to winter with a bump along with heavy snow, ice and blizzard conditions.