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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: bump
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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