verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to inflate.
- to increase, heighten, or strengthen; put more effort into or emphasis on; intensify: The store has decided to pump up its advertising.
- to infuse with enthusiasm, competitive spirit, energy, etc.: The contestants were all backstage pumping themselves up for their big moment.
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Idioms for pump
- to increase government expenditure in an effort to stimulate the economy.
- to support or promote the operation or improvement of something.
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What else does pump mean?
Content warning: this article contains references to guns.
Among many other slang senses, pump is short for pump-action shotgun, a type of shotgun that requires the user to change the shell with a pumping-like action.
Where does pump come from?
Pump-action guns, or slide-action guns, date back to the late 19th century. The shortened pump is found on Urban Dictionary by 2003.
Pump has notably been used in rap songs, including Cardi B’s 2017 “Bartier Cardi.” Her lyrics refer to a shotgun she, apparently, keeps in the trunk of her car.
Earlier, pump appeared on rapper The Game’s 2011 “Heavy Artillery”: “Take em back to Boyz in da Hood when I pull the pump out / Something like C-Murder on Worldstar when I dump out.”
First-person shooter (FPS) video games frequently include a pump shotgun weapon, which players often shorten to pump. Games like Destiny, Halo, Call of Duty, and Fortnite, all very popular in the 2000s, have featured pumps.
How is pump used in real life?
Rappers often use pump in their lyrics. Besides Cardi B and The Game, Offset and Fat Joe have each also used pump in their lyrics, usually in an intimidating way.
The only people who probably use pump more than rappers are gun lovers, hunters, and also gamers. Since pump shotguns are common in most FPS games and are generally powerful close range weapons, gamers talk about them a lot.
Looks like our sign-in services might've gotten double-ramp double-wall rushed into submission. Luckily, our engineers are build-gods and are working to get the high ground on these noobs. Please bear with us as we try and get this dub. (like if you miss double-pump)
— Xbox Support (@XboxSupport) October 30, 2018
It is now confirmed, pickaxes do more damage than pumps. pic.twitter.com/8Jg2kMEqQc
— FaZe Thiefs (@Thiefs) November 14, 2018
Some interesting trivia: Ever notice pumps being used a lot in movies? That’s because they don’t need to be modified to shoot blanks like other guns do.
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Example sentences from the Web for pump
In addition, the sprayer is designed with a hidden pump to protect the nozzle from being blocked.
By the time the industry crawls out of the hole, it will find a different world, with electric vehicles and heat pumps eating away at its core market.Big Oil’s hopes are pinned on plastics. It won’t end well.|David Roberts|September 4, 2020|Vox
Architects can deploy large heat pumps and other equipment to serve multiple buildings on a staggered schedule across the day.
Electricity used to operate the heat pumps, lighting and other equipment will come from on-site photovoltaics and wind- and solar-generated electricity imported from off-site.
The prototype robot uses a small pump to get its vacuum going.Climb like a slo-mo Spiderman using this super suction robot|Carolyn Wilke|May 12, 2020|Science News For Students
Her slight miscalculation of how to fix the situation leads to her driving around the gas pump.Slow Motion Tiger Jump, a Tornado at the Rose Bowl and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Some are homes and some are pump houses, and you can only tell the difference when you see human silhouettes scurry on rooftops.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Two feet from the sawed-off stump of a third willow is the small foot-pump carousel Ray was sitting on when he shot himself.
To accommodate patients getting chemotherapy at odd hours, Hrushesky used a pump that operated automatically.
So we got a compressor and we would literally pump air into each of the four cameras so we could blow water off the lenses.‘Noah’ is a Global Warming Epic About the Battle Between Religion and Science, Says Cinematographer|Marlow Stern|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The formula would be: “The pump invented—Drain a well ,” or Water raised in a hollow.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
At Wheal Alfred they have a 64-inch cylinder; the air-pump is 20 inches, and the stroke is half that of the engine.
I observe that you have ordered the pump, and from the description you give of it, I think it will answer very well.
It was placed immediately over the shaft and pump-rods, requiring no engine-beam.
A feed-pump forced water into the boilers; each had a safety-valve with a lever and weight.