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thumpverb [I or T]

uk   us   /θʌmp/
to ​hit something and ​cause a ​noise: Someone was thumping on the ​door. UK to ​hit someone with ​yourfist (= ​closedhand): He thumped him in the ​face.sb's head thumps UK If ​yourhead thumps, you can ​feelpain in ​strongbeats in ​yourhead: When I ​woke up my ​mouth was ​dry and my ​head was thumping.sb's heart thumps If ​yourheart thumps, it ​beats more ​strongly and ​quickly than ​usual, because of ​exercise, ​fear, or ​excitement: She ​stoodoutside his ​room, her ​heart thumping.

thumpnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /θʌmp/
the ​sound of something ​heavyhitting something: She ​fell to the ​floor with a thump. UK an ​act of thumping someone or something: If he does that again I'm going to give him a thump (= ​hit him with my ​closedhand).
(Definition of thump from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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thumpverb [I/T]

 us   /θʌmp/
to ​hit something, making a ​soft, ​heavynoise: [T] He thumped his ​chest.
thump
noun [C]  us   /θʌmp/
I ​heard a thump ​upstairs.
(Definition of thump from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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