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bunch

[buhnch] /bʌntʃ/
noun
1.
a connected group; cluster:
a bunch of grapes.
2.
a group of things:
a bunch of papers.
3.
Informal. a group of people:
They're a fine bunch of students.
4.
a knob; lump; protuberance.
verb (used with object)
5.
to group together; make a bunch of.
verb (used without object)
6.
to gather into a cluster; gather together.
7.
(of fabric or clothing) to gather into folds (often followed by up).
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English bunche; of uncertain origin
Related forms
unbunched, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. lot, batch. See bundle.
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British Dictionary definitions for bunch up

bunch

/bʌntʃ/
noun
1.
a number of things growing, fastened, or grouped together a bunch of grapes, a bunch of keys
2.
a collection; group a bunch of queries
3.
(informal) a group or company a bunch of boys
4.
(archaic) a protuberance
verb
5.
(sometimes foll by up) to group or be grouped into a bunch
See also bunches
Word Origin
C14: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for bunch up
bunch
early 14c., "protuberance on the body, swelling," perhaps echoic of the sound of hitting and connected to bump (cf., possibly, hump/hunch). As a verb meaning "to bulge out," from late 14c. The noun sense of "cluster" is mid-15c.; connection with the earlier sense is obscure, and this may be a separate word, perhaps through O.Fr. bouge (2), 15c., from Flemish boudje dim. of boud "bundle." The verb meaning "to gather up in a bunch" (trans.) is from 1828; that of "to crowd together" (intrans.) is from 1873. Related: Bunched; bunching.
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Slang definitions & phrases for bunch up

bunch

noun
  1. A group of people (1600s+)
  2. A particular group or set, family, etc: I like my bunch, but yours is elitist (1902+)
  3. mob (1950s+)
  4. Money, esp a large sum; bundle: He must have paid a bunch for that mink

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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bunch up in the Bible

(1.) A bundle of twigs (Ex. 12:22). (2.) Bunch or cake of raisins (2 Sam. 16:1). (3.) The "bunch of a camel" (Isa. 30:6).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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