fender bender


: a minor automobile accident

Examples of fender bender in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ben Affleck's son Samuel Garner got into a fender bender while visiting a luxury car rental dealership over the weekend. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 27 June 2022 Suspect Antonio Robles-Sanchez, 42, was involved in a fender bender in Scarsdale, located roughly 30 miles from New York City in Westchester County, just after 10:25 a.m Aug. 26, according to The Journal News of Rockland/Westchester. Emma Colton, Fox News, 6 Sep. 2023 The incident was a minor fender bender and caused no injuries. Andrea Guzman, Fortune, 10 Apr. 2023 By the way, apropos of basically nothing, Tesla CEO Elon Musk got into a fender bender outside Snookers during a visit to Providence during his college years at Penn. Brian Amaral, BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2023 The heavily armed man who ambushed Fargo police officers investigating a fender bender last week likely had a bigger and bloodier attack in mind, with at least two fairs taking place at the time in and around North Dakota's largest city, authorities said Friday. CBS News, 22 July 2023 Lee Sung Jin’s Beef, dropping on Netflix April 6, kicks off with a high-speed car chase through the residential streets of LA’s San Fernando Valley after a near fender bender in the parking lot of Forsters, a fictional Costco-like store. Fawnia Soo Hoo, refinery29.com, 5 Apr. 2023 After spotting a fender bender in traffic on Friday, members of the Legacy Motor Club and Kaulig Racing teams took some time to help get things up to speed for the driver. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 2 July 2023 Transportation experts say that practice can actually increase traffic delays and cause more rear-end fender benders and crashes at the point of merge. The Indianapolis Star, 22 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fender bender was circa 1962

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“Fender bender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fender%20bender. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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