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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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..