fender bender


Definition of fender bender

: a minor automobile accident

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Recent Examples on the Web When Ma Rainey gets into a fender bender, a police officer only listens once her white record execs Irvin (Jeremy Shamos) and Sturdyvant (Jonny Coyne) step into the fray. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Viola Davis sings the blues and demands her worth in Netflix's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'," 18 Dec. 2020 The camera shows one driver haranguing another after a fender bender. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, "HBO’s “How To with John Wilson” Captures the Weird, Wondrous New York City That’s Never on TV," 25 Nov. 2020 After Ghaisar left the scene of a fender bender in Alexandria, he was pursued down the George Washington Memorial Parkway by Vinyard and Amaya in a marked Park Police sport-utility vehicle. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "Park Police officers who killed Bijan Ghaisar seek to move their case to federal court," 17 Nov. 2020 Aside from a little fender bender in the school parking lot in the morning, things went smoothly at Pride Academy in Santee. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County voters head to the finish line, with record turnout possible," 3 Nov. 2020 The unwarranted killing in 2017 of Bijan Ghaisar, an unarmed young accountant shot to death by two U.S. Park Police officers after a fender bender, was just such an extraordinary circumstance. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: A glimmer of justice in a killing by police," 17 Oct. 2020 The couple stopped, thinking this was a routine fender bender, the TBI said in a statement. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "Man Was Killed Execution-Style in Front of Pregnant Wife, 1 of 3 Deaths in Shooting Spree," 15 Sep. 2020 Amaya and Vinyard were trying to stop Ghaisar because he had been involved in a fender bender in Alexandria minutes earlier and left without speaking to the other driver. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "Grassley, Warner keep up pressure for information in Park Police slaying of Bijan Ghaisar; Fairfax police join case," 5 Aug. 2020 Noise disturbances and fender benders during a pandemic do not rise to the level of requiring a physical police response. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "Save a cop’s life by keeping your distance: Phillip Morris," 29 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of fender bender

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

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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 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fender bender

US, informal : a minor car accident

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