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.
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for pump
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
To accommodate patients getting chemotherapy at odd hours, Hrushesky used a pump that operated automatically.
Dylan, age 18, says his favorite pre-date ritual is to pump his ego.17 Terrible Pieces of Advice from ‘Seventeen’s’ Ultimate Guide to Guys|Erin Cunningham|January 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Xi will continue to walk tall on the world stage and to pump Chinese nationalism, especially against the old enemy, Japan.
We invented a trusted magical figure, turned him into a home wrecker, and pump those lyrics into the backseat all December long.
Dot herself hated working the pump—it blistered her little hands.An Australian Lassie|Lilian Turner
The best position for the pump is facing the head of the ladder, and about six feet from it.Torpedoes and Torpedo Warfare|C. W. Sleeman
They all then left the barn, and William went to wash his nose at the pump.The Fairchild Family|Mary Martha Sherwood
There are 91 suction and 91 delivery valves at each end of the pump.
Supplied by one injector and one pump, or two brass pumps, with valves and cages of best hard metal accurately fitted.Illustrated Catalogue of Locomotives|M. Baird, et. al..