Bump Into Meaning

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Bump Into Meaning

How could you explain to someone that you hit someone accidently? What words could you use to say you met someone unexpectedly and by accident? What if I told you could use the same words, exactly the same 2 words.

This is the beauty of phrasal verbs, but also makes people crazy when they used. Both of these phrases originated in the early 1800’s.

1. Meaning of Bump into:

When we meet someone without meaning to or by accident.

  • You’ll never guess who I bumped into at the market.
  • I bumped into Fred yesterday and he said to say hi to you.

Dialog:

Eugene: Hey Kathy! I am so glad I bumped into you today.

Kathy: Hey Eugene, why are glad you bumped into me?

Eugene: Well, I ran into Frank and he said we were all going out this weekend?

Kathy: Yes… yes. Frank and I bumped into each other at bar. So we were talking about getting together to have a BBQ.

Eugene: OK, fantastic. I look forward to it!

Kathy: Great, it is BYOB. If you bump into Sally or Brenda, please let them know.

Eugene: Sure will! 

2. Meaning of Bump into:

When you accidently hit, crash, or collide with someone or something without meaning to.

  • I hurt my arm when I bumped into the door last night.
  • The boat bumped into the dock and damaged the side.

Dialog:

Brandon: Hello.Hey Dean great, to hear from you.

Dean: Hey Brandon, I am calling to let you know that I bumped into….. OUCH!

Brandon: Hello? You bumped into who? Ouch?

Dean: Sorry. I am walking and talking on my cell phone and I bumped into a glass door.

Brandon: That’s funny. Are you alright?

 Dean: Yeah. Just bruised my ego, that all.

Brandon: Ok, well I better go. If I bump into Jack and the gang, do you want me to tell them about our get together next week?

Dean: Sure. Thanks!

Other words you can create: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc. (ex: mug – mugger)

Bumping into

Bumped into

Bang into

Related Phrasal Verbs:

Meet up with: this phrase is used, in the context of bump into, to say that we met with someone or some people informally.

  • We were at the mall and saw Bill and his wife so we met up with them later. It was great to bump into them and catch up.

Run Into: this is a phrase that has a similar meaning to bump into.

  • I was walking today and using my phone and bumped into a sign and then later I ran into a door. Cell phones can be dangerous!

Come Across: when used in the context of bump into, we use to express meeting or finding someone or something by chance.

  • We were walking and we came across this great little restaurant and we happened to bump into Phil and Serendipity eating there.

Chance upon: we use the phrase to express that we found something or someone by chance.

  • I was driving and bumped into the police car in front of me and as I was about to get out of my car I chanced upon the policeman. It was my brother.

Stumble upon: we use to say that we met someone or something by chance and also it can mean we tripped on something.

  • I stumbled upon a fantastic park and as I was entering the gat I bumped into a tree and fell over.

Related idioms:

Run smack into: when you physically hit something directly on, we say you ran smack into something.

Smash into: when we hit someone or something accidently and with force.

  • When I was riding my bike, I smashed into a pole and ten bumped into a car.

Cross Paths: when you when you meet someone by chance or by accident.

  • I met my wife when we crossed paths at a party and then we bumped into each other a coffee shop we both live close to. I guess it was Fate.  By the way, her name is Fate.

Synonyms (other ways to say):

  • Run into

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