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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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get off (one's) bumper

1. To stop following directly behind one, especially in a car. I wish this guy would get off my bumper! I'm going the speed limit, for crying out loud! Get off my bumper, Jim—you keep ramming into me!
2. By extension, to stop pestering or closely observing one. Often used as an imperative. The boss keeps checking in every half hour to see how the project is coming along. I wish he would get off our bumper! Would you get off my bumper, kids? I'm trying to concentrate here.
See also: bumper, get, off

bumper to bumper

[of traffic] close together and moving slowly. The traffic is bumper to bumper from the accident up ahead.
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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.
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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 Commission granted JPMA's petition, but adopted a broader framework, directing staff to examine the safety benefits and risks associated with crib bumpers; evaluate existing standards; identify test methods and performance requirements that reduce any identified safety risks; and consider all regulatory options for addressing any identified risk of injury associated with crib bumpers.
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Boston Bumper has a 5,000-square-foot production area on the first floor of the mill building and a storage area of about 50,000 square feet on the third and fourth floors, where about 12,000 bumpers are kept.
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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HOLIDAYMAKERS thinking of riding bumper cars at Butlin's today have been told not to indulge in any, well.
Leading high quality loading and unloading equipment specialist Thorworld Industries has been granted a UK patent for its unique new sliding nylon dock bumper (patent no, GB2468733), which is designed to provide customers with years of cost-effective, shock-absorbing protection to help reduce vehicle repair and building maintenance costs.
MACKEYS FORGE TRAINED by Dessie Hughes, this tough seven-year-old, winner of a Ballinrobe bumper and a maiden hurdle at Navan, couldn't handle Tramore on New Year's Eve but produced a solid effort when second to Dilshaan's Prize over two miles at Naas last Sunday.
DRIVERS trundled slowly along the A55 yesterday to make their way home after a bumper Bank Holiday weekend.