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 The Democratic Party, which views itself as the last speed bump before Republicans initiate an authoritarian death spiral in the US, will not tolerate a chief executive who emulates the political figure that Democrats most despise — Trump. Francis Wilkinson, The Mercury News, 16 July 2024 Brandon Hyde termed it a snag, a speed bump in an otherwise dominant first half. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 13 July 2024 Dana Taylor: EVs have always embodied the dream of a carbon-free future, but there seem to be speed bumps on the way to getting there. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 26 May 2024 And Jimmy may decide to close his purse and sell or even close the Bear, as the restaurant is too expensive to justify and has faced considerable speed bumps. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 29 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for speed bump 

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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 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

speed bump

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

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