bump up against something

bump up against something
ˌbump ˈup against sth derived
to experience a problem or factor that you did not expect

We kept bumping up against inflexible regulations.

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  • bump up against — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms bump up against : present tense I/you/we/they bump up against he/she/it bumps up against present participle bumping up against past tense bumped up against past participle bumped up against bump up against… …   English dictionary

  • bump — bump1 [ bʌmp ] verb * 1. ) transitive to accidentally hit part of your body against something, making it hurt: Be careful not to bump your head. a ) intransitive or transitive to hit against something solid once or many times: Small boats were… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bump — I UK [bʌmp] / US verb Word forms bump : present tense I/you/we/they bump he/she/it bumps present participle bumping past tense bumped past participle bumped * 1) a) [transitive] to accidentally hit part of your body against something, making it… …   English dictionary

  • bump — [[t]bʌ̱mp[/t]] bumps, bumping, bumped 1) VERB If you bump into something or someone, you accidentally hit them while you are moving. [V into/against n] They stopped walking and he almost bumped into them... [V into/against n] There was a jerk as… …   English dictionary

  • bump — bump1 S3 [bʌmp] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: From the sound] 1.) [>I always + adv/prep, T] to hit or knock against something bump against ▪ I ran after him, bumping against people in my hurry. bump into ▪ Tim was a clumsy boy, always bumping… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bump — 1 verb 1 (intransitive always + adv/prep, transitive) to hit or knock against something (+ against/into etc): It was so dark I bumped into a tree | bump sth on/against etc: I bumped my head on the ledge. 2 (intransitive always + adv/prep) to move …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bump — [bʌmp] verb I 1) [I/T] to hit against something solid, or to accidentally make something do this I bumped my knee on the corner of the desk.[/ex] 2) [I] to move over a surface that is not even The truck bumped slowly across the field.[/ex] • bump …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • bump into — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms bump into : present tense I/you/we/they bump into he/she/it bumps into present participle bumping into past tense bumped into past participle bumped into 1) bump into someone to meet someone unexpectedly I… …   English dictionary

  • bump — I. noun Etymology: probably imitative of the sound of a blow Date: 1581 1. a relatively abrupt convexity or protuberance on a surface: as a. a swelling of tissue b. a cranial protuberance 2. a. a sudden forceful blow, impact, or jolt b. demotion… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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