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Daemon
Posted: Friday, November 9, 2018 12:00:00 AM
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sleeping policeman

slang A bump, ramp, or hump in the road that is intended to cause cars to reduce their speed, especially in residential areas. Primarily heard in UK. More...

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sleeping policeman — slang A bump, ramp, or hump in the road that is intended to cause cars to reduce their speed, especially in residential areas. Primarily heard in UK.
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Friday, November 9, 2018 10:45:45 AM

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We used to call these silent cops. I've never heard the term sleeping policeman.



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RuthP
Posted: Friday, November 9, 2018 12:55:00 PM

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I was glad, upon arriving on this page, to see the notation that this was BE. As an AE speaker, I've never heard anything like it. Nor have I seen anything like NeuroticHellFem's picture.

Our "speed bumps" would be more like half-buried logs laid across the roadway. They come in various heights and widths, depending upon the speed for which they are to control. They're generally designed to let fire trucks, with their greater inter-axle length, pass over at speed without bottoming-out.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Friday, November 9, 2018 1:39:59 PM

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Although "Sleeping Policeman" is sometimes used we more often use "speed bump" or "speed hump" as on this road sign in the village of Lilley ( were my grandmother was born).


In design they are more like the half-buried logs Ruth P describes.

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Posted: Friday, November 9, 2018 5:16:01 PM

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A speed bump by any other name is still a pain in the suspension.
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