Origin of bump

First recorded in 1560–70; imitative

Related forms

bump·ing·ly, adverbun·bumped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bump off (1 of 2)

bump off


verb

(tr, adverb) slang to murder; kill

British Dictionary definitions for bump off (2 of 2)

bump

/ (bʌmp) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for bump

C16: probably of imitative origin
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Idioms and Phrases with bump off (1 of 2)

bump off


Kill, murder, as in The convict bragged about bumping off his partner, or The first fighter plane bumped off three enemy aircraft. This term was at first principally criminal slang and somewhat later military jargon. [Slang; c. 1900]

Idioms and Phrases with bump off (2 of 2)

bump


In addition to the idioms beginning with bump

  • bump into
  • bump off
  • bump up

also see:

  • goose pimples (bumps)
  • like a bump on a log
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