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fender bender

A small car accident in which minimal damage is incurred. Michelle was a new driver so she was extremely upset when she had her first accident. Luckily, it was a fender bender and there was no real damage to either car involved.
See also: bender, fender

fender bender

Fig. a minor car accident. A small fender bender tied up traffic on the expressway for hours!
See also: bender, fender

fender-bender

1. n. a minor accident. (see also rear-ender.) There are a couple of fender-benders on the expressway this morning, so be careful.
2. n. a reckless driver (who causes minor accidents). I can’t get insurance on my seventeen-year-old, who is a hopeless fender-bender.

fender bender

A minor collision of automobiles, resulting in minimal damage. Dating from the mid-1900s, the term owes its long life to its rhyme. For example, “I hope my insurance company isn’t going to charge me for that little fender bender; I barely scratched the other car and no one was hurt.”
See also: bender, fender
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Caption: SLIP AND SLIDE--Many highways were virtually impassable as vehicles clogged lanes after minor fender benders.
There probably were several other minor fender benders, Delf said, that wouldn't require police presence.
Matters such as what to do with an elderly shoplifter, whether to enforce an outstanding warrant for a poor mother, or whether to report a minor fender bender during a shift may not be the stuff of action-adventure movies, but they weigh on many police officers nonetheless.
The first products to hit the market under this agreement include the DVR 700 In-Vehicle Dashboard Event Video Recorder that mounts on the windshield just behind the rear view mirror and records continually so you can record interesting, fun experiences during your travels as well as any accidents or fender benders you may encounter.
As a punishment to myself, because I get in all these little fender benders, I don't get it fixed.
It's already tough going in the freeway construction zone, and we've heard of a handful of fender benders and even more near misses.