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pump (some) iron
To lift weights (to improve one's body shape or increase one's muscle mass). My brother-in-law is obsessed with pumping iron and getting huge biceps. I'm going to gym after work to pump some iron.
1. To inflate something with a gas (or, less commonly, a liquid) using a pump. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pump" and "up." Often used in passive constructions. Would you please pump up the air mattress for when my sister comes to stay with us? They pumped the balloons up with water. Most chicken breasts sold at the supermarket are pumped up with water before being frozen.
2. To increase someone's or one's own excitement, confidence, or mental preparation. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pump" and "up." The coach pumped us all up just before we headed out onto the field. I was pretty nervous before the test, so I took a few minutes to pump myself up before I started.
3. To increase the volume of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pump" and "up." Oh, I love this song—pump it up! Pump up the volume so everyone can hear the music!
4. To exaggerate or falsely inflate the numbers or information about something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pump" and "up." The company has been accused of manipulating cash in its accounts to pump up its profits when reporting to shareholders. I just think the government is pumping these figures up to justify the new legislation.
pump (one's) stomach
To use a mechanical pump to withdraw the contents of one's stomach, especially to rid it of toxic or poisonous substances. He got so drunk on his 21st birthday that we had to take him to the hospital so they could pump his stomach. The child was rushed to the emergency room to have her stomach pumped after swallowing a laundry detergent capsule.
1. To use the force of a vacuum to suck something out of something or some place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pump" and "out." The doctors had to pump the alcohol out of his stomach before his body went into toxic shock. The rains have been so heavy that we've been pumping out our basement for days.
2. To empty something or some place of its contents by using the force of a vacuum to suck the contents out. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pump" and "out." We'll have to pump the construction site out before we can lay down any concrete. They're pumping out the lab because a student accidentally created chlorine gas by mixing bleach with ammonia.
3. To flow or surge out of something freely, rapidly, and with force. Oil pumped out of the offshore well for days before a crew was able to fix the leak. Carbon dioxide pumps out of these plants all day, every day.
4. To create or generate copious amounts of something, especially continuously or at great length. Often used to imply the things are being created in a cheap, efficient manner, often reflected in their low quality. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pump" and "out." He made a career of pumping out cheesy romance novels. People complain about how bad the movies in this series are, but people go out and see them every time the studio pumps another one out. This factory alone pumps out roughly 85,000 smartphones a month.
euphemism To urinate. A reference to the practice of pumping out water that accumulates in the bilges of nautical vessels. He stood up and mentioned discreetly that he needed to pump ship before exiting the room to find a water closet.
pump (one) full of lead
To kill one by shooting one with multiple rounds from a firearm. Police surrounded the suspect and pumped him full of lead. The gangsters drove by with their Tommy guns and pumped their rivals full of lead.
1. To use a pump for a particular length of time. I kept pumping for nearly 20 minutes, but I just couldn't get any breast milk out. I pumped for a minute or two, but the tire wasn't inflating, so there must be a leak in it somewhere.
2. To press on or manipulate something in an up-and-down motion for a period of time. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "pump" and "for." I pumped the gas pedal for a few minutes while I tried getting the engine to start. I hate using a manual air pump to inflate these air mattresses—you have to stand there pumping it for half an hour each time!
3. To extract something using a pump for a period of time. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "pump" and "for." We've been pumping water for nearly the entire, and the basement is still flooded. We've pumped oil in this region for years.
4. To use a pump for the extraction of some substance. They wanted to start pumping for oil on our land, but we told them "no." We're developing a machine that will pump for water deep beneath the Earth's crust so as to irrigate formerly arid regions.
5. To attempt to extract information from someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "pump" and "for." The police brought the witness in and pumped him for details about the suspects. Let's pump him for information about the new project.
pump (something) into (someone or something)
1. To force a liquid or gas into someone or something through the use of a pump. They've been pumping oxygen into him to keep him alive. You need to use the primer on the lawn mower to pump gasoline into the carburetor before the engine will start.
2. To provide large amounts of money to something, such as a company, project, or business venture. The billionaire has been pumping millions of dollars into space exploration research. We've pumped too much money in this business as it is—it's time to cut our losses and call it quits.
pump out (something)
To extract or remove some substance from something using a pump. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pump" and "out." We were pumping water out of the basement for days after the storm. We had to pump out the poisonous fumes before we could go back inside the building.
pump (something) out of (something)
To extract or remove some substance from something using a pump. We were pumping water out of the basement for days after the storm. We had to pump the poisonous fumes out of the building.
pump through (something)
1. To cause a liquid or gas to pass through something with or as with the use of a pump The engine has been dormant for too long, so we'll need to pump fresh fuel through the lines. They had been pumping toxic fumes through the pipes underneath the apartment complex, so when one leaked, it meant the entire building had to be evacuated.
2. To funnel or supply money through something. The gangster had been pumping dirty money through businesses all over the country as part of a huge money-laundering operation. If she want to truly help the economy, the president could start by pumping money through the areas that have been most badly affected by the recession.
3. To usher a large number of people through some place or system as quickly as possible. The college is more interested in pumping students through its programs than in providing the highest level of education possible. Sales clerks are trained to pump as many customers through the store as they can.
pump someone for something
Inf. to try to get information about something out of someone. The representative of the other company pumped Harry for information, but he refused to say anything. Are you trying to pump me for company secrets?
pump someone up (for something)
Inf. to get someone, including oneself, mentally ready for something. The coach tried to pump the team up so they would win. The coach talked and talked to pump them up.
pump something up
1. to inflate something. Do you have something with which I can pump my basketball up? I pumped up the ball just an hour ago.
2. Sl. to exercise to make muscles get bigger and stronger. The body builder pumped her muscles up in preparation for the competition. She pumped up her muscles.
Sl. excited; physically and mentally ready. The team is really pumped up for Friday's game. She really plays well when she's pumped!
1. Inflate with gas or air, as in This tire needs pumping up. [Late 1800s]
2. Fill with enthusiasm, strength, and energy, as in The lively debate pumped us all up. Mary Wollstonecraft used this idiom in slightly different form in The Rights of Women (1792): "Lover-like phrases of pumped-up passion."
pump shipurinate. euphemistic
The expression originated in nautical terminology, denoting the pumping of water from a ship's bilges.
1. To force or suck something, as a liquid or gas, out of something by means of a pump: The contractors pumped the water out of the ditch. They pumped out the sewage that had flooded the basement.
2. To force the liquid or gas out of something by means of a pump: When the rain finally stopped, we rented a sump pump and pumped out our basement. The holes had filled with water, so the contractors pumped them out before pouring the concrete footings.
3. To flow out of something rapidly and forcefully: When the firefighters arrived, smoke was pumping out of the windows. Blood was pumping out, so the doctor tied a tourniquet around the patient's arm.
4. To produce something continuously and in large amounts: That factory pumps out a lot of toxic waste. Movie sequels continue to make money, and studios continue to pump them out.
1. To inflate something with gas by using a pump: We pumped up a new basketball before the game. One of my tires was getting low, so I stopped at a gas station and pumped it up.
2. To force or suck something, as a liquid or gas, from beneath a surface by using a pump: This well pumps up oil from underground. We pump the water up from the lake to tanks on the hillside.
3. Slang To fill someone with enthusiasm, strength, and energy; psych someone up: The crowd's chants pumped up the players. The coach pumped us up for the big game with a rousing speech.
4. Slang To be actively involved in bodybuilding exercises: The football players are always pumping up at the gym.
5. Slang To strengthen something: Pump up the volume on that stereo—I can't hear it. The economy was declining, but investors hoped that a favorable exchange rate would pump it up.
1. tv. to urinate. (Crude. From an expression meaning to pump the bilge water from a ship.) He stopped and pumped ship right in the alley.
2. tv. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. (Crude. Less well known than the previous sense.) After I pumped ship, I felt better.
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1. mod. pregnant; impregnated. (Crude.) Look at her! She’s pumped and looks due any minute.
2. Go to pumped (up).
mod. excited; physically and mentally ready. (Sports.) The team is really pumped up for Friday’s game.
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