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Of course, Cochise would have done it if we hadn't got the bunch up the cliff when we did.

They seem to have a wide chain o friends, and nobody aint ever had the grit to round that bunch up, so far.

They told him the situation and asked for help: "Come over to the creek and show the bunch up, Jim," was Sawdy's appeal.

Dempsey was a fool to bunch up with such vermin as Gallagher and Davidson.

I see more ner a hundred an' fifty in one bunch up on ther White Briar two week ago, an' they're worse ner a parcel er pirates.

Where the thick muscles lie, bunch up some tow, put it where the muscle was, and bind on with thread or twine.

I'll just leave that bunch up there, and beat it out of these parts in my motor-boat.

Only at certain times of the year did they bunch up together; at other times they, though still present, were hardly noticeable.

But if you boys are frightened that there 're any about, why, you bunch up, and keep together until you feel safe.

The people do bunch up at lectures and concerts but if you don't like crowds you don't have to go, you know.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "protuberance on the body, swelling," perhaps echoic of the sound of hitting and connected to bump (cf., possibly in similar relationship, hump/hunch).

The sense of "cluster" is mid-15c.; connection with the earlier sense is obscure, and this may be a separate word, perhaps through a nasalized form of Old French bouge (2), 15c., from Flemish boudje diminutive of boud "bundle." Meaning "a lot, a group" is from 1620s.

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