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A long-distance march carrying full kit.
To make a strenuous long-distance march.
Yomp is Royal Marines slang describing a long-distance march carrying full kit. The origin of the word is unclear. It was popularized by journalistic coverage in 1982 during the Falklands War. It has been compared to the term yump used in rally-driving in the sense of "to leave the ground when taking a crest at speed", apparently a variant of jump. British Army slang for the same thing is 'tab', of equally unknown origin. American soldiers and marines refer to these as 'slogs' or 'humps'. The most famous yomp of recent times was during the 1982 Falklands War. After disembarking from ships at San Carlos on East Falkland, on 21 May 1982, Royal Marines and members of the Parachute Regiment yomped with their equipment across the islands, covering 56 miles in three days carrying 80 pounds loads. Media coverage of this war saw the term 'yomp' become well known and in general use. A computer game called Yomp was produced by Virgin Games shortly after the Falklands conflict. However, the term has since faded somewhat from general use in the decades since the end of the Falklands war.
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