1. A handout of food, money, or clothing. 2. An appreciable sum of money. 3. A sum of money, especially the proceeds of begging or theft. 4. To beat and kick viciously. "I'm gonna lump that crumb till his head looks like a sock full of doorknobs for copping a heel on me (hitting me when I didn't expect it)."

- american underworld dictionary - 1950

Lump (?), n. [Cf. OD. lompe piece, mass. Cf. Lunch.]


A small mass of matter of irregular shape; an irregular or shapeless mass; as, a lump of coal; a lump of iron ore.

" A lump of cheese." Piers Plowman. " This lump of clay."



A mass or aggregation of things.

3. Firearms

A projection beneath the breech end of a gun barrel.

In the lump, In a lump, the whole together; in gross.

They may buy them in the lump. Addison.

-- Lump coal, coal in large lumps; -- the largest size brought from the mine. -- Lump sum, a gross sum without a specification of items; as, to award a lump sum in satisfaction of all claims and damages. <-- (b) a single sum paid once in satisfaction of a claim, as contrasted with the alternate choice of several payments over a period of time.-->


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Lump, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lumped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Lumping.]


To throw into a mass; to unite in a body or sum without distinction of particulars.

The expenses ought to be lumped together. Ayliffe.


To take in the gross; to speak of collectively.

Not forgetting all others, . . . whom for brevity, but out of no resentment you, I lump all together. Sterne.


To get along with as one can, although displeased; as, if he doesn't like it, he can lump it.


<-- lump together. v. combine (various items) and treat them as a unit. -->

<-- lumpenproletariat -->


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