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thump down

To throw, hurl, or slam someone or something down (on something) with an audible thud. A noun or pronoun can be used between "thump" and "down." The drunk man tried to take a swing at the police officer, who thumped him down on the sidewalk. Don't just thump that thing down like that—you could break it!
See also: down, thump

thump on (someone or something)

To beat or pound on someone or something with force. The two brothers thump on each other all the time, but they're really very close. The manager thumped on the table to bring some order to the meeting.
See also: on, thump

thump out

1. To create some kind of rhythm, tune, or percussive beat by thumping (on something). A noun or pronoun can be used between "thump" and "out." Someone started thumping out a beat on an upturned bucket while Jeff improvised the words. I couldn't remember how the song went, so she thumped the rhythm out for me on the table.
2. To play a song (on some instrument with keys), especially in a very rough or informal manner. Someone ran over to the piano and started thumping out "Jingle Bells."
See also: out, thump


Forceful or aggressive promotion of one's agenda through public speech or other means. Primarily heard in UK. I wish they would quit their tub-thumping and get on with the show. We don't care about their politics.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

thump something down

to throw something down so it makes a pounding noise. Nancy thumped the parcel down and caught her breath. She thumped down the parcel.
See also: down, thump

thump something out (on the piano)

to pound out music on a piano. Joel thumped a happy tune out on the piano. He thumped out a well-known tune.
See also: out, thump
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


Tub-thumping is used as an adjective and a noun to describe people's behaviour when they are supporting an idea or course of action in a loud and forceful way. Economic recovery does not depend on tub-thumping speeches from politicians, but on the Government creating jobs. The players neither need, nor will respond to, tub-thumping. Note: You can call someone who behaves in this way a tub-thumper. Marsh was far from being a tub-thumper. Note: This expression is used to show disapproval. Note: People sometimes used to refer to pulpits (= the place in a church where the priest stands to speak) as `tubs', especially when talking humorously about nonconformist preachers. The image is of a preacher banging the pulpit with his fist to emphasize his message.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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