speed bump


Definition of speed bump

: a low raised ridge across a roadway (as in a parking lot) to limit vehicle speed

Examples of speed bump in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Morgan Wallen is hitting the road again after hurtling over a career speed bump this past year. Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2021 Badin’s roll to the Division III Region 12 Ohio high school football semifinals hit a bit of a speed bump, but that didn’t stop the Rams from advancing. Mark Schmetzer, The Enquirer, 6 Nov. 2021 Alabama’s rapid recovery from the delta wave has hit a bit of a speed bump - at least for now. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 22 Oct. 2021 After averaging 231 yards through the first two games, FSU ran into a speed bump against Wake Forest last week. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, 24 Sep. 2021 Last season, Ana’s relationship with her childhood friend Yessika hit a speed bump when the two faced the realities of being young, brown activists in a changing world. NBC News, 3 Nov. 2021 The markets are well on their way to another positive week, but that rally could hit a speed bump today. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 22 Oct. 2021 This week’s matchup against the Chargers will show whether the Chiefs have real concerns or if this was just another speed bump on their way to a third straight AFC title. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, 21 Sep. 2021 The vaccine rollout might hit an unexpected speed bump, such as a high number of people who opt against vaccination. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of speed bump

1972, in the meaning defined above

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1 Dec 2021

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“Speed bump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speed%20bump. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for speed bump

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English Language Learners Definition of speed bump

: a low raised ridge across a road or parking lot that causes people to drive more slowly

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Kids Definition of speed bump

: a low ridge built across a roadway (as in a parking lot) to limit vehicle speed

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