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 Pittsburgh’s smother-ous, Big Brother-ous encore crushing of Cincinnati Sunday was a speed bump in the supermarket parking lot. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: 10 things from Bengals' blowout loss to Steelers," 16 Nov. 2020 No matter how good the snow or cooperative the weather, this winter’s ski season will arrive with one obvious and glaring speed bump: COVID-19. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Midwest skiing roundup for 2020-21: Fresh air, exercise and adventure with COVID-19 precautions in place," 15 Nov. 2020 Twitter was the only one that made a significant speed bump effort on election night. Washington Post, "Twitter and Facebook warning labels aren’t enough to save democracy," 9 Nov. 2020 In any event, the Bucs will face the Carolina Panthers in their home opener on Sunday with Brady and the entire operation getting a chance to demonstrate that Week 1 was merely a speed bump. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: If Tom Brady and the Bucs drop to 0-2 in NFL Week 2, buckle up," 20 Sep. 2020 In the first half, the Cardinals defense provided no more than an occasional speed bump for the Seahawks to navigate. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, "Inconsistent defense and Kyler Murray's mistakes are obstacles to Cardinals playoff hopes," 25 Oct. 2020 But that was a county speed bump, not a state roadblock. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is officially adrift in college sports sea," 22 Oct. 2020 Ultimately, though, the pandemic appears to be little more than a speed bump in the broader coaching marketplace. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, "College football coaches' COVID-19 pay cuts are not always what they seem," 14 Oct. 2020 In contrast, Saturday’s 52-24 win over Texas A&M came with a first-half speed bump. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Just breathe: How ‘silent assassin’ Mac Jones learned to stay calm," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of speed bump

1972, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of speed bump was in 1972

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18 Nov 2020

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“Speed bump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speed%20bump. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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