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1. To strike and damage something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bump" and "up." That accident bumped up the passenger side door of my car. You can borrow my phone but please try not to bump it up.
2. To hurt someone by striking or otherwise impacting them. I got really bumped up in that car accident.
3. To increase something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bump" and "up." I need to bump up my savings if I want to buy a new car before the end of the year. Can you bump up the volume a little bit? We can't hear the radio back here.
4. To promote someone to a better position or situation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bump" and "up." We were very excited to get bumped up to first class on our flight home.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
bump someone or something up
1. Lit. to damage or batter someone or something. The crash into the wall bumped the race driver up a little. The accident bumped up the passengers a little.
2. Fig. to raise someone or something to a higher category or level. (As if pushing someone into a higher category.) I wanted to fly first class, but they wouldn't bump me up. The ticket agent bumped up both of my friends, but not me.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Suddenly increase, as in Oil-producing nations decided to bump up the price of oil. This term is used mainly for prices or other figures. [Colloquial; 1930s]
2. Give a promotion. For example, Kevin hoped to be bumped up to first class, or After five years, she expected they would bump her up to vice-president. [Slang; second half of 1900s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To damage or batter someone or something: Whoever tried to park that truck bumped up my car pretty badly. The skiing accident bumped me up a bit, but I'm okay.
2. To move someone to a higher position in a list: The doctors bumped up anyone who needed immediate medical attention to the top of the list. My friend at the theater bumped me up in the line for tickets.
3. To raise something or someone to a higher category or level: The store had to bump up their prices when the price of heating oil went up. All I had to do was ask, and the airline bumped me up from coach to business class.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.