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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 ?
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.
With growth stalled, the economy bumping along the bottom and the number out of work growing, they are casting around to buy votes.
We've simply been bumping along the bottom while the economies of other nations are growing.
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.
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.
I think prices are pretty well established and I think we are bumping along the bottom.
Looking forward to 2009 we should probably expect to continue bumping along the bottom as prices begin to stabilise and look good to private purchasers and overseas investors who may be set to re-enter the market.
The economy has been bumping along in spite of politics.
However it does cause me to wish that I was allowed to use them when out on my mobility scooter instead of bumping along, shake, rattle and roll, on our uneven, rough and dangerous pavements.
We were bumping along an afforested track near the highest point when a black streak shot across in front of us and immediately disappeared into the trees.
While down over 75 percent from IT bubble highs, the stock has been bumping along [yen]400,000 resistance since.
Although most high-priced adventure packages include beds and hot meals, bumping along behind sled dogs or feeling crushed by extreme gravity in-flight are part of the deal.
In rural Hainan, farmers still pedal to their paddy fields before dawn, bumping along paths of dusty red soft.
He said the US economy "is bumping along right now and a run-up in energy prices would hurt".