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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SLUMP, n.2, v.3 [slʌmp]

I. n. A dull heavy sound, a thud, of an object falling into deep or soft ground (Rxb. 1825 Jam.).

II. v. To sink into mud or slush, to subside gradually and slowly into a yielding substance such as soft wet earth or melting ice (Cld., Rxb. 1825 Jam.; Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Kcb. 1970). Also in Eng. dial. and U.S. Freq. in phr. to slump and slunge, id. (Rxb. a.1838 Jam. MSS. X. 293).Rxb. c.1811 Vagabond Songs (Ford 1904) 313:
When he puts his fit in He'll slump up to the knee.
Slk. 1823 Hogg Shep. Cal. (1874) i.:
I slumpit in to the neck.

[Orig. imit. Cf. Norw. dial. slump(a), id., and Slump, n.1, v.1]

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