speed bump

speed bump
a hindrance to speeding created by a crosswise ridge in the surface of a roadway

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speed bump
1. an irregularity built into pavement in order to slow down traffic.
2. Figurative. a small obstacle or impediment to progress: »

Despite the speed bumps of exposition, the movie is a hard-driven, fascinating affair (New York Times).

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(Brit. also speed hump) n. a ridge set in a road surface, typically at intervals, to control the speed of vehicles

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noun, pl ⋯ bumps [count]
: a low raised ridge across a road or parking lot that causes people to drive more slowly — called also (Brit) speed hump

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ˈspeed hump [speed hump] (especially BrE) (NAmE usually ˈspeed bump) (also BrE informal ˌsleeping poˈliceman) noun
a raised area across a road that is put there to make traffic go slower
See also:sleeping policeman

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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