get one's lumps

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [luhmp]
    • /gɛt wʌnz lʌmp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [luhmp]
    • /gɛt wʌnz lʌmp/

Definitions of get one's lumps words

  • noun get one's lumps a piece or mass of solid matter without regular shape or of no particular shape: a lump of coal. 1
  • noun get one's lumps a protuberance or swelling: a blow that raised a lump on his head. 1
  • noun get one's lumps an aggregation, collection, or mass; clump: All the articles were piled in a great lump. 1
  • noun get one's lumps Also called lump of sugar. a small block of granulated sugar, designed for sweetening hot coffee, tea, etc.: How many lumps do you take in your coffee? 1
  • noun get one's lumps majority; plurality; multitude: The great lump of voters are still undecided. 1
  • noun get one's lumps lumps, Informal. harsh criticism, punishment, or defeat: The new theory came in for some lumps when other scholars heard of it. 1

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Origin of get one's lumps

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English lumpe, lomp(e); cognate with early Dutch lompe piece, Danish lump(e) lump, dialectal Norwegian lump block

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get one's lumps popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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