- 1A rounded raised mass of earth or land: they sat on a hump of cropped grassMore example sentences
- If one were to travel past the countless monolithic factories and coal pits of the world's main continent, and onto where the equator was once, one would find a small hump of earth.
- Thanks to a dry course, the ball landed on the downhill side of a grass hump and rolled 30 yards straight onto the green and into the cup.
- The smooth humps of downland suited his purpose.
- 1.1A mound over which railway vehicles are pushed so as to run by gravity over points to the required place in a marshalling yard.More example sentences
- A single-track hump can handle about 800 cars per shift.
- Lastly, to accommodate the increasing postwar coal business, 26 more tracks were added to the classification yard west of the hump in 1949.
- Six more tracks were also added to the classification yard, west of the hump.
- 2A rounded protuberance found on the back of a camel or other animal or as an abnormality on the back of a person: his back rose into a kind of hump at the base of the spineMore example sentences
- He provides a sketch of a creature with the head of an elephant, a fishlike body with a camel hump, four legs like a lion, and a forked tail like a fish.
- The wild Bactrian camel has longer legs, lighter fur, and smaller humps than domesticated camels have.
- These adverse events include acne, easy bruising, moon face, swollen ankles, hirsutism, buffalo hump, and skin striae.
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- 1 [with object and adverbial of direction] chiefly British • informal Carry (a heavy object) with difficulty: he continued to hump cases up and down the hotel corridorMore example sentences
- Removals took one full day moving to and fro between the two houses with my two sons helping to hump the heavy stuff into and out of the van.
- And the vandal humping various bags of concrete and heavy tools around in the middle of the night may also have been deterred by the sight of a uniform or two.
- I saw one group of traders run off like a startled herd, humping their bags of bags, while three police, like a pack of hunting dogs, scragged the least nimble.
- 4 (usually in imperative hump off) Irish • informal Go away.More example sentences
- Does he ever feel like telling people to just hump off?
get (or have or give someone) the hump
- British • informal Become, be, or make someone annoyed or moody: fans get the hump when they loseMore example sentences
- Everything was fine as long as you never got the hump.
- To be honest, there was a time when I really got the hump with Spain.
- Dozens of recently installed speed bumps in a Yorkshire suburb have been ripped out and replaced after council officials got the hump over their height.
over the hump
- Past the most difficult part of something: now we have reached this point we are over the humpMore example sentences
- But when I'm over the hump, rest assured I will get back to you, even if you've totally forgotten that you emailed me.
- If we all kick in a few bucks we can help them get over the hump.
- Local retailers will be looking to residents to help them over the hump so that everyone can be part of the bright new future this regeneration will bring.
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- Our work has shown that the cattle of Europe, northern Asia, and Africa all have closely related DNA sequences and that they all belong to a group that corresponds most closely to the humpless cattle known as Bos taurus.
- A pencil drawing from 1982 presents four hunchbacks and freaks aboard a humpless camel standing on a platform mounted on a wheelcart.
- Among these large animals was the prehistoric forerunner of all domestic humpless cattle: the aurochs.
early 18th century: probably related to Low German humpe 'hump', also to Dutch homp, Low German humpe 'lump, hunk (of bread)'.