speed bump


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Just as yours truly, an unapologetic urbanite, was starting to succumb to nature’s charm, civilization appeared like a speed bump. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 So maybe the NL Central winner has, in recent years, been a mere speed bump for the coastal elites on their way to the World Series. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 9 Oct. 2022 The groin problem is just the latest speed bump for Lane. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 9 Feb. 2023 However, with its ability to spend on major projects now massively curbed, the plan may hit a speed bump. Quartz, 8 Feb. 2023 The Aggies hit a speed bump when it was announced that senior wideout Ainias Smith would miss the rest of the season due to a leg injury. Dallas News, 29 Sep. 2022 Early in the trailer, Russell cracks a joke about being cut from his junior varsity team — a small speed bump on the road to back-to-back NCAA titles, a 1956 Olympic gold medal, and 11 NBA championships. Kevin Slane, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Jan. 2023 However, their long-running partnership hit a speed bump in 2019. Terry Terrones, EW.com, 17 Jan. 2023 In the world of Wired, distribution was a technical issue, a speed bump on a road being built by smart engineers. Justin Beal, Harper’s Magazine , 12 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of speed bump was in 1972

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“Speed bump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speed%20bump. Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

speed bump

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

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