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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.
MOTORISTS are facing repair bills running into thousands of pounds after fender benders at speeds as low as 6mph - because their cars are fitted with bumpers that are too flimsy.
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"The ability to accept unforeseen changes has become the key to my success." While this skill has firmly planted her on the road to prosperity, she experienced a few fender benders before she learned it.
As a result, the hundreds of billions of dollars that Americans spend to cope with crime, the lawyers, and social breakdown costs, is all GDP--car crashes, fender benders in front of the Capitol.
Impatience and poor judgment have led to illegal maneuvers in the intersection and to a number of fender benders.
Drivers nearly ram their vehicles into one another as they crane their necks to gape at fender benders; men all but trash the bathroom during brief visits and never notice (much less clean up) their mess; agonizingly off-key amateur warblers migrate to karaoke bars like swallows to Capistrano--sure, chalk it up to human nature.
It appears from the number of dilemmas voiced by officers concerning fender benders involving police cars that the police parking lot is an insurer's nightmare.
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.
"As a punishment to myself, because I get in all these little fender benders, I don't get it fixed.
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Oregon's rainy season began this year the way it always does, with a gang of fender benders as drivers smacked into other vehicles and slid into guardrails on newly slick roads.
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.