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thumps

(thŭmps),
Spasmodic contractions of the diaphragm, or hiccups, occasionally seen in animals.
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Either the wooden horse was careless, or it failed to properly time the descent of the hammer, for the mighty weapon caught it squarely upon its head, and thumped it against the ground so powerfully that the private flew off its back high into the air, and landed upon one of the giant's cast-iron arms.
But the sweetmeat seller in the camp lent him a little tom-tom--a drum beaten with the flat of the hand--and he sat down, cross-legged, before Kala Nag as the stars began to come out, the tom-tom in his lap, and he thumped and he thumped and he thumped, and the more he thought of the great honor that had been done to him, the more he thumped, all alone among the elephant fodder.
Five long, long minutes he smoothly shuffled away--a pause followed, then something fell with a thump on the floor.
As I came to myself (with the aid of a heavy thump between the shoulders, and the restorative exclamation "Yah!