bump up

World English Dictionary
bump up
 
vb
informal (tr, adverb) to raise or increase: prices are being bumped up daily

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Idioms & Phrases

bump up

  1. Suddenly increase, as in Oilproducing nations decided to bump up the price of oil. This term is used mainly for prices or other figures. [Colloquial; 1930s]

  2. Give a promotion. For example, Kevin hoped to be bumped up to first class, or After five years, she expected they would bump her up to vice-president. [Slang; second half of 1900s]

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