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bumper to bumper

Very close together. Typically said of traffic that is moving very slowly or not at all. The cars on the highway are bumper to bumper right now—there's no way we'll get there on time.
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bumper to bumper

[of traffic] close together and moving slowly. The traffic is bumper to bumper from the accident up ahead.
See also: bumper


1 very close together, as cars in a traffic jam. 2 (chiefly of an insurance policy) comprehensive; all-inclusive.

ˌbumper to ˈbumper

if vehicles are bumper to bumper, there is so much traffic that they are very close together and can hardly move: Being a Friday evening, it was bumper to bumper on the main road leading out of town.
A bumper is the bar fixed to the front and back of a vehicle to reduce the effect if it hits anything.
See also: bumper

bumper sticker

n. a car or other vehicle following too closely on one’s bumper. (A reapplication of the term for a kind of adhesive sign stuck on a car bumber.) I can’t talk now, I’ve got a bumper sticker that’s taking all my attention.
See also: bumper, sticker


n. an event that draws so many people that they bump into one another. There was a typically dull fanny-bumper in the village last night.

Get off my bumper!

1. exclam. Stop following my car so closely! Don’t follow me so close! Get off my bumper!
2. exclam. Stop monitoring me!; Get off my back! Look, man. I can take care of myself. Get off my bumper!
See also: get, off

up in someone’s gold ones

and up on someone’s bumper
n. in someone’s face. (Alludes to gold teeth.) He had his smelly face up in my gold ones, so I clobbered him. Why are you up on my bumper, dawg?
See also: gold, one, up

up on someone’s bumper

See also: bumper, on, up
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The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has proposed a ban on the sale of baby crib bumper pads in the state starting in June 2013.
The company's four full-time workers can restore about 30 percent of the bumpers to the point where they can be sold to auto body shops for use in repairs.
Tong Yang, however, has successfully kept up with simmering new-car sales in China by supplying ever more bumpers to automakers there.
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