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(one's) pump

dated One's heart. The doctor said there was some blockage in my pump. Looks like I might need a shunt. A: "How's your pump doing these days, Grandpa?" B: "Don't you worry about me, Timmy. My heart attack's nothing but a distant memory." She said she was having sharp pains in her chest. Do you think there's something wrong with her pump?
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the pump

informal A gasoline pump, used as a synecdoche to represent gas stations as a whole. Prices at the pump have been at their lowest since 1995. The government has issued warnings that there may be shortages at the pump following the international crisis.
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1. tv. to press someone for an answer or information. Don’t pump me! I will tell you nothing!
2. n. the heart. (see also ticker.) He has the pump of a forty-year-old.
3. n. a pumped-up muscle. (Bodybuilding.) He’s tired and can’t quite make a pump.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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