bump·​er-to-bump·​er ˈbəm-pər-tə-ˈbəm-pər How to pronounce bumper-to-bumper (audio)
: marked by long closed lines of cars

Examples of bumper-to-bumper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, Elkhorn Avenue—the town’s main street—is a bumper-to-bumper stretch of T-shirt and souvenir stores, interspersed with saltwater taffy and ice cream shops, restaurants, and bars. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Sep. 2023 With a spring or fall visit, hiking, backpacking, and more can be enjoyed without the bumper-to-bumper traffic or congested trails of a Yellowstone summer. Josh Laskin, Travel + Leisure, 30 Aug. 2023 Burgett plans to build only 25 examples of the Luxe-GT per year, complete with a seven-year bumper-to-bumper warranty, and the current lead time is around 12 months. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 29 Aug. 2023 University Boulevard was bumper-to-bumper, from Hackberry Lane almost all the way up to Queen City Avenue. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 23 Aug. 2023 In bumper-to-bumper traffic, Kahula saw a man on a motorcycle with three children pull over and warn the driver ahead of her. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, 16 Aug. 2023 The Telluride and the Hyundai Palisade both provide much better plans, including 10-year powertrain warranties and five years of bumper-to-bumper coverage. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 15 Aug. 2023 Videos shared with The Times and posted on social media show cars on Front Street crawling in bumper-to-bumper traffic as smoke, embers and debris billow around them. Riley Mellen, New York Times, 15 Aug. 2023 Together, wrap and powertrain coverage provides bumper-to-bumper coverage. Elizabeth Rivelli, Car and Driver, 20 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bumper-to-bumper was in 1925

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Cite this Entry

“Bumper-to-bumper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumper-to-bumper. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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