like a bump on a log

Unmoving, inactive, stupidly silent. For example, Harry just sat there like a bump on a log while everyone else joined in the fun. This simile presumably alludes to the immobility of such a protuberance. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]


Nearby words

  1. ligustrum,
  2. likable,
  3. likasi,
  4. like,
  5. like a bat out of hell,
  6. like a cat on hot bricks,
  7. like a champ,
  8. like a chicken with its head cut off,
  9. like a drowned rat,
  10. like a fish out of water

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