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speed bump

a rounded ridge built crosswise into the pavement of a road or driveway to force vehicles to slow down.
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for speed bump
  • In effect, the pulse acts as a speed bump for light.
  • The speed bump geometry you describe is quite severe.
  • Example: speed bump will not find records with speed bumps.
  • There would be a speed bump constructed at the entrance to the parking lot.
  • The higher the speed to more the speed hump acts as a speed bump and the resulting jolt to the vehicle's occupants is unpleasant.
  • The package also introduces the portable vehicle arrest barrier, which is basically a large cargo net stored inside a speed bump.
Slang definitions & phrases for speed bump

speed bump

noun phrase
  1. A transverse hump in a road made to slow the traffic (1975+)
  2. : Aloe vera extract, fast on its way to becoming an all-purpose medicinal herb, has run into its first speed bump: a study suggesting that it delays the healing of some major surgical wounds/ Instead, the drive toward integration has been stymied by the speedbump of crime (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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