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verb bump pronunciation in British English /bʌmp/
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present tense
present participlebumping
past tensebumped
past participlebumped
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to accidentally hit part of your body against something, making it hurt

    Be careful not to bump your head.

    bump something on/against something:

    I bumped my knee on the corner of the desk.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to hit against something solid once or many times

      Small boats were bumping against the wooden pier.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move with rough up and down movements, especially over a surface that is not even
    bump across/along/over etc:

    The plane bumped slowly across the field.

  3. 3
    [transitive] [usually passive] tourism informal to tell someone who has bought a ticket for a plane seat that they cannot fly because the airline has sold too many tickets
    1. a.
      American informal to take someone’s job away from them

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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