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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'Those two games we're just a minor bump along the way, like a pothole around Metro Manila,' said Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren.
"This is another speed bump along the way," GM CFO Chuck Stevens said.
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Perhaps they do not travel on crowded Metro trains and buses, or bump along on the much hated local "Pacer" trains, or even try cycling on the poorly maintained and often muddy national cycle routes passing through our region.
"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.
Governor Mervyn King said the economy continued to "bump along the bottom", although he held out hopes for a gradual pick up in output.
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." That said, loans for house purchases have steadily moved higher having hit a record low in November 2008, printing at the highest level in a year in May.
"I believe it will bump along for a while before gradually improving," he will tell an audience of about 250 property professionals.
The group expects the market to bottom out during the second half of next year, although it thinks prices will "bump along" at the bottom for at least a year.
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.