In a lump


In a lump
Lump Lump (l[u^]mp), n. [Cf. OD. lompe piece, mass. Cf. {Lunch}.] 1. 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.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A mass or aggregation of things. [1913 Webster]

3. (Firearms) A projection beneath the breech end of a gun barrel. [1913 Webster]

{In the lump},

{In a lump}, the whole together; in gross. [1913 Webster]

They may buy them in the lump. --Addison.

{Lump coal}, coal in large lumps; -- the largest size brought from the mine.

{Lump sum}, (a) 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; -- sometimes allowed, e.g., as an alternative to periodical pension payments for a lifetime. [1913 Webster]


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