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    What do these two "bump" mean? Does "going bump" mean "things clash against things and get messy"? And does "bump-in-the-night" mean "going around at night"? Are they slang?

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    What's your deal, lady? What is going on? You come to me with this Romano character and his hat,
    and then you start drawing me pictures. Not very good pictures, I might add and the next thing you know, things are going bump in the night, and I'm not a bump-in-the-night type of guy.

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    Default Re: bump-in-the-night

    'Things that go bump in the night' is a catchall for strange noises from pipe clunks, appliance sounds, small pests (mice, bugs, etc), and other disturbances. These are magnified if we are used to having other people (family) in our home and suddenly the others are away. Every noise becomes spooky.

    Of course a noise can mean there is an intruder, but it usually doesn't.

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    Default Re: bump-in-the-night

    I'm sorry I can't understand well. "Things are going bump" is translated as "things have become uncontrollable, confusing." and "I'm not a bump-in-the-night type of guy" as "I'm not that uncontrollable guy", so do you mean "bump" means confusion or just noises?

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    Default Re: bump-in-the-night

    There is a sense of danger and mystery when things go bump in the night. It seems to me that he is saying that he is not the type of guy who is comfortable with those kinds of situations.

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