Got the hump

Posted by James Briggs on November 26, 2001

In Reply to: Got the hump posted by line on November 26, 2001

: where does this phrase originate?

As a guess - it could be related to the look of unhappiness associated with a disappointment. People in this type of mood are often down-in-the-mouth and slouch around with their heads lowered and eyes on the gound, thereby giving their back a somewhat curved shape - a bit like a hump.