under the pump love

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  • Used other than as an idiom: see under,‎ pump.
  • Under pressure to perform.

Etymologies

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Unclear. As an idiom, identified only in Australian English. Possibly a reference to a punishment, sometimes meted out by angry mobs, of restraining a person beneath a pump and pumping water over them. By extension, a person under the pump would be acting under threat of dire punishment.

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