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sleeping policeman

noun
1.
a bump built across roads, esp in housing estates, to deter motorists from speeding Also road hump
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  • Then we slips over into the yards below Riverside Drive, taking due care not to wake up no sleeping policeman on the way.

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Contemporary definitions for sleeping policeman
noun

a speed bump or hump on the road

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