What does bump up mean?

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  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To increase something suddenly.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To promote a person to a higher grade.
  3. (transitive, idiomatic) To give a more prominent place to; to advance position in queue.
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Ella was used to Lena's stubbiness, the way she seemed to bump up unsuccessfully against adulthood.
The subject of employing a company to organize the event was also raised to increase public relations and bump up the numbers of competitors.
Our elected members bump up their income with all manner of activities, from TV appearances to writing books, speechmaking to directorships.
Will it help pave the way for a pullout of troops or a bump up in the polls?
That also helped bump up gross margins from 17.1 per cent to 17.7 per cent sequentially.
Some insurers still agree to pay a set percentage of the chargemaster, so hospitals have an incentive to bump up those prices 5 or 6 percent a year.

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