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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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References in classic literature ?
Bumping along he recalled to his mind the various girls with whom he had gone to school.
In a moment the creature, beating and bumping along the wall like a huge moth within a gas-shade, came upon the opening, squeezed its hideous bulk through it, and was gone.
In the end all three of them begin advancing, step by step, upon the banqueters, Valentinavyczia, he cellist, bumping along with his instrument between notes.
Joe Staton, client strategy director at GFK, said: "Although the overall index score is still bumping along in negative territory, we're seeing stronger positives in measures about how consumers view their personal financial situation.
Someone who can keep this economic wasteland bumping along the bottom.
Andrew Hagger of moneycomms.co.uk, says: "With mortgage rates still bumping along the bottom but predicted to rise in the next 12 to 18 months, a longer-term fix currently looks attractive.
Yes, your hair may have grown at a faster rate than this in the last quarter and, yes, the economy is bumping along a plateau, but the coalition has avoided a headline so humiliating it could have cost them the next election.
While Orient are bumping along in the middle of League 1, Southend are going well enough in League 2, sitting fifth, to suggest they might be sharing a division next term.
They used to be popular in the early 1970s when, like today, the economy was "bumping along the bottom".
Rob Sigley's men will be looking for their fifth promotion in six years and a place at level five having, until recently, spent nearly all their history bumping along near the base of the rugby pyramid.
He said the UK is also "bumping along" and ranking about 25th on maths and science.
Bumping along compacted snow and solid ice with no signs of gritting or salt on the road, I drove along the grooves formed by other brave drivers ahead of me, as I precariously continued south towards Newcastle.
He also hinted at a fresh round of quantitative easing measures as he said that the economy is still 'bumping along the bottom.' The central bank's monetary policy committee had last week decided to stop its GBP200bn scheme of injecting money into the economy.
The central bank's Deputy Governor Charles Bean said the economy was "bumping along the bottom" after a disappointing performance in the third quarter.
"I think prices are pretty well established and I think we are bumping along the bottom.