- 1 hand/foot pumpbomba de mano/de piealso: bicycle pumpalso: gasoline o (British English) petrol pumpto prime the pumpsacar las cosas adelante
- 1 1.1 (supply) to pump something
intosomething(water/oil)to pump air into a tire
aalgoinflar or (in Spain also) hinchar un neumáticothey have pumped cash into the project for yearsllevan años invirtiendo dinero en el proyectoour teacher pumped us full of datesel profesor nos embutió una cantidad de fechasthey pumped him full of lead [colloquial]Example sentences1.2 (drain)to pump something
- Last month an elderly Mayo couple were left homeless when fire fighters were forced to pump water from a nearby river after their house caught fire in the middle of the night.
- In the end, the fire brigade were forced to pump water from a nearby river.
- If we were to stop pumping greenhouse gases into the air, the earth would not recognize that it is able to dictate policy.
out ofsomethingsacar algo de algo con una bombato pump somebody's stomach outhacerle un lavado de estómago a alguiento pump something drydejar algo secoto pump somebody dryexprimir a alguien1.3 (ask) [colloquial]he was pumping me for information/moneyme estaba tratando de (son)sacar información/de sacar dineroExample sentences
- Anyway, our tutor, who believes we are all on the simple side, favours questions with easy and obvious answers and was pumping us for information on Louis XVI.
- The authorities didn't know at this stage of his movements overseas but they were keen to pump him for information on the prayer room, which was now under close surveillance.
- After they had pumped me dry of information, the CIC people let me go.
- 2(handle/pedal/treadle)he pumped my hand
mover de arriba abajome dio un fuerte apretón de manosto pump iron [colloquial]Example sentences
- Ju had his left hand on the dome, hair standing on end as Ernie pumped the handle like fury.
- He pumped the handles of slot machines and bet feverishly on the roulette wheel.
- Then they pumped a handle on the press that squeezed the water out of the cylinder and formed tightly-packed disks.
- There's nothing like 'em for getting the blood pumping and feeling that surge of collective energy.
- The scene is still vivid in my memory - I was mesmerised, I could feel my heart pumping and the adrenalin flow.
- The adrenaline was circulating, surging and pumping in the heat of the moment.
- 1 (American English) (court shoe)zapato (masculine) (de) salónExample sentences
- These beautiful Christian Louboutin Two Tone Court pumps are to simply die for.
- I love those late 70s babes. All glossy red lips, court pumps, kinky smiles and not a hint of plastic surgery.
- 2 (British English) [dated] (gym shoe)Example sentences
- If you buy the kids plimsolls for PE, rather than pumps, you probably live in East Yorkshire - or outside the region.
- Amber ran down a side street, suddenly glad that she had worn tennis shoes instead of pumps.
- She is as guilty as the next girl, admitting to jogging in tennis pumps rather than specialist running shoes.
- 3 (British English) (ballet shoe style)bailarina (feminine)
manoletina (feminine) (Spain)
chatita (feminine) (River Plate area)Example sentences
- As the troupe marches Fred down the platform, his dancing pumps dissolve into marching boots.
- The shoes where really nice black dancing pumps that made me taller.
- And then of course there's Billy himself, who dances until his pumps start to smoulder in a hugely likeable performance.
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