Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

bump up

bump up
1) increase in amount, move to a higher level, rearrange a scheduled event to happen sooner
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    • bump up the price/meeting
  • Analysis
    The phrasal verb 'bump up' means to increase the amount or the size of something. To 'bump up' can also mean to move something or someone up a level or into a better position or job.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Kate's team's recent run of victories has bumped them up quite a few places in the league table. They're only a few points off the top now! 
    2. I got a second job to bump up my salary while I was saving for my holiday.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We've had to bump up the price of the product due to an increase in our manufacturing costs.
    2. Helen asked her secretary to bump her 12 pm appointment up to 11.30 am as there had been a cancellation.
    3. I hear they're bumping Gary up to senior manager in the new office reshuffle. He's been waiting ages for that promotion!
    4. We need to bump up the priority of the task to make sure we get it completed before the deadline.
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