[ huhmp ]
/ hʌmp /
a rounded protuberance, especially a fleshy protuberance on the back, as that due to abnormal curvature of the spine in humans, or that normally present in certain animals, as the camel or bison.
- a low, rounded rise of ground; hummock.
- a mountain or mountain range.
Railroads. (in a switchyard) a raised area down which cars pushed to its crest roll by gravity and momentum for automatic sorting through a series of preset switches.
- an act or instance of coitus.
- a partner in coitus.
- British Slang. a fit of depression or bad humor: to get the hump.
- (initial capital letter) (in World War II) the Himalayas.
verb (used with object)
to raise (the back) in a hump; hunch: The cat humped its back.
Railroads. to sort (cars) by means of a hump.
Informal. to exert (oneself) in a great effort.
Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with.
- to place or bear on the back or shoulder.
- to carry or haul.
- to load or unload; lift.
verb (used without object)
to rise in a hump.
Informal. to exert oneself; hustle or hurry.
Slang: Vulgar. to engage in sexual intercourse.
over the hump, past the most difficult, time-consuming, or dangerous part or period: The doctor says she's over the hump now and should improve steadily.
Origin of hump
First recorded in 1700–10; probably abstracted from humpbacked
Related formshump·er, nounhump·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for over the hump
/ (hʌmp) /
a rounded protuberance or projection, as of earth, sand, etc
pathol a rounded deformity of the back in persons with kyphosis, consisting of a convex spinal curvature
a rounded protuberance on the back of a camel or related animal
the hump British informal a fit of depression or sulking (esp in the phrase it gives me the hump)
over the hump past the largest or most difficult portion of work, time, etc
to form or become a hump; hunch; arch
(tr) British slang to carry or heave
slang to have sexual intercourse with (someone)
hump one's swag Australian and NZ informal (of a tramp) to carry one's belongings from place to place on one's back
Derived Formshumplike, adjective
Word Origin for hump
C18: probably from earlier humpbacked
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Idioms and Phrases with over the hump (1 of 2)
over the hump
Past the most difficult part, as in She's over the hump with her dissertation; she'll soon be done. This expression alludes to a barrier that impedes progress. [Colloquial; 1920s]
Idioms and Phrases with over the hump (2 of 2)
see over the hump.
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