Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I came across a phrase given by Lennon during his bed-in session. Here is the context

Also, of course, we live with rattlesnakes. You just can’t go thumping through the brush, thinking of what you’re going to do tomorrow. You have to realize that you’re intruding on their territory.

What does go thumping through the brush mean?

share|improve this question

closed as off-topic by FumbleFingers, MετάEd, MrHen, Kris, user49727 Oct 10 '13 at 8:08

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. A list of these references can be found here: List of general references" – FumbleFingers, MrHen, Kris, user49727
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

1 Answer 1

up vote 0 down vote accepted

"To thump", as defined by Merriam-Webster is:

to hit or beat something or someone and make a loud, deep sound

to beat forcefully

to walk or run with loud, heavy steps

Think of a male gorilla, thumping his chest. Basically, it means to make a whole lotta noise, which is rather rude to the snakes if you're thumping or stomping around in their territory.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.