speed bump


Definition of speed bump 

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

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There are also no speed bumps, stop signs, or speed limit markers for the length of Spring Street where the car is said to have driven. BostonGlobe.com, "Woman killed, two others injured in Medford pedestrian crash," 29 Apr. 2018 This two-door coupe couldn't possibly feel more awkward crawling through city traffic, creeping over speed bumps, or using the small backup camera to parallel park. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, "Ford GT: American supercar splendor for only $450,000," 16 Mar. 2018 The question is are these mere speed bumps or is the political pendulum swinging against Soros and his progressive coalition? Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Soros' bid to overhaul criminal justice system hits a wall in Calif.," 5 June 2018 In addition to causing trouble for middle-aged folks trying to get out, the McLaren also rides low enough to catch the air dam on speed bumps and/or changes in road surface. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "McLaren 570S Spider: Knock-your-glasses-off fun - plus room for luggage," 31 May 2018 Japan’s first economic contraction in two years is expected to be only a speed bump on the road to further, yet slower growth Deja vu. Enda Curran, Bloomberg.com, "Euro Zone Month of Truth, Japan Contraction, U.S. Rates: Eco Day," 16 May 2018 Given the speed bumps in the process related to religion during last year's confirmation process and her lack of experience on the bench, some conservatives fear her confirmation process this time around could be a challenging one. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "What you need to know about Trump's top SCOTUS contenders," 8 July 2018 People like me were speed bumps in their effort to have open running room in Washington. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "A Decade at Obama’s Side: An Interview With Ben Rhodes," 17 June 2018 Despite all the preparations, William Hill has hit another small speed bump in its plan to start welcoming sports bettors as soon as Memorial Day. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "How a New Jersey Sports Bar Made a $3 Million Bet and Won," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of speed bump

1972, in the meaning defined above

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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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