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pump the brakes


  • to slow down, much like pumping the brakes in a motor vehicle.


    Citation from "You've Got Male", Happy Endings (TV), Season 1 Episode 9 (2011) censored in hope of resolving Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on Jul 26 2011. Submitted by Walter Rader (Editor) from Sacramento, CA, USA on Jul 26 2011.

  • When driving: to modulate pressure on the brake pedal to avoid locking the brakes. That is, to lift your foot for a moment to allow the wheels to un-lock, and then push down again.
    The road was iced up and slippery. So I pumped the brakes a bit when I slowed for the turn.

    Last edited on Sep 21 2020. Submitted by Anonymous on Sep 21 2020.

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