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speed bump

a rounded ridge built crosswise into the pavement of a road or driveway to force vehicles to slow down.
Origin of speed bump
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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speed bump

noun phrase

  1. A transverse hump in a road made to slow the traffic (1975+)
  2. : Aloe vera extract, fast on its way to becoming an all-purpose medicinal herb, has run into its first speed bump: a study suggesting that it delays the healing of some major surgical wounds/ Instead, the drive toward integration has been stymied by the speedbump of crime (1990s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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