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a rounded projection, bend, or protruding part; protuberance; hump:
a bulge in a wall.
any sudden increase, as of numbers, sales, or prices:
the bulge in profits.
a rising in small waves on the surface of a body of water, caused by the action of a fish or fishes in pursuit of food underwater.
to swell or bend outward; be protuberant.
to be filled to capacity:
The box bulged with cookies.
to make protuberant; cause to swell.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
Tutors’ Lane Wilmarth Lewis
Stolen Treasure Howard Pyle
The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson

a swelling or an outward curve
a sudden increase in number or volume, esp of population
(Brit) another name for baby boom
(Brit) the projecting part of an army’s front line; salient
to swell outwards
Battle of the Bulge, (in World War II) the final major German counteroffensive in 1944 when the Allied forces were pushed back into NE Belgium; the Germans were repulsed by Jan 1945

An advantage; a lead: running up a 20–0 bulge/ the Californians fashioned a two-run bulge of their own (1840s+)
A usually fatty surplus on the waist, buttocks, etc; spare tire (1940s+)


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