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Some were for pumping up water, some for sawing logs, and some for grinding grain.

He very likely carries a bagful of golf-sticks, or is pumping up his bicycle.

It was pumping up the food from its craw, in the same way that a pigeon does.

It was a slanting trench, indefinitely deep, and pumping up blood from the bottom.

Powerful steam-engines, for pumping up sewage from low levels, are used as they are required.

The heat produced in pumping up a bicycle tire is the classic example of the latter fact.

Wishing to do the trick alone, Jim had taken no chauffeur; and he wasn't as expert at pumping up tyres as at breaking in bronchos.

It was when I was pumping up that new inner tube that I decided to domesticate my automobile.

Farther on the party came to an immense wind mill, which was employed in pumping up water.

It has then exhausted all the dodges of puffery in pumping up an unusual degree of excitement.

WORD ORIGIN

"apparatus for forcing liquid or air," early 15c., of uncertain origin, possibly from Middle Dutch pompe "water conduit, pipe," or Middle Low German pumpe "pump" (Modern German Pumpe), both from some North Sea sailors' word, possibly of imitative origin.

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