hump

[ huhmp ]
/ hʌmp /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Idioms

    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 forms

hump·er, nounhump·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for over the hump

hump

/ (hʌmp) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

humplike, 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)

hump


see over the hump.

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