"Like a bump on a log".

What does it even mean? It's so hard to understand what it means. I've looked it up everywhere and can't find it.

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    You have not said where you found the expression, or quoted any context. – Michael Harvey Jan 8 at 16:38

This expression refers to someone who is terribly lazy. It makes for an insult, or an admonishment:

  • "Luke just stood there like a bump on a log while I was bending over backwards to help my mum".

Here, the expression aims to emphasise the fact that Luke was so lazy that he was doing absoluletly nothing, while the speaker was working very hard.

Another example:

  • "Don't sit there like a bump on a log!"

This is an example of admonishment, using the same expression, with the same purpose.


This is called an idiom: a word, or group of words, that has a figurative meaning, rather than a literal one.

Like a bump on a log means inactivity, and usually describes someone or something inactive, procrastinating, etc.

Source: here.

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