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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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Idioms for lump

    get / take one's lumps, to receive or endure hardship, punishment, criticism, etc.: Without its star pitcher, the baseball team will get its lumps today.

Origin of lump

1
1250–1300; Middle English lumpe, lomp(e); cognate with early Dutch lompe piece, Danish lump(e) lump, dialectal Norwegian lump block

OTHER WORDS FROM lump

lump·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for lump (2 of 2)

lump2
[ luhmp ]
/ lʌmp /

verb (used with object) Informal.

to put up with; resign oneself to; accept and endure: If you don't like it, you can lump it.

Origin of lump

2
An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; Americanism; perhaps identical with British dialect lump “to look sullen,” of expressive origin
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British Dictionary definitions for lump (1 of 2)

lump1
/ (lʌmp) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for lump

C13: probably related to early Dutch lompe piece, Scandinavian dialect lump block, Middle High German lumpe rag

British Dictionary definitions for lump (2 of 2)

lump2
/ (lʌmp) /

verb

(tr) informal to tolerate or put up with; endure (in the phrase lump it)

Word Origin for lump

C16: origin uncertain
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Idioms and Phrases with lump

lump

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