Definition of bumper-to-bumper in English:



  • 1Very close together, as cars in a traffic jam.

    • ‘But it turned out to be mostly empty, except for 100 deputies and state troopers who leaned against patrol cars parked bumper-to-bumper on the grass to separate protesters who never arrived.’
    • ‘Usually on any working day the traffic moves bumper-to-bumper.’
    • ‘Both the morning and afternoon races witnessed the closest bumper-to-bumper action that the S championship has seen so far in 2005, with similar starts but very different endings.’
    • ‘Traffic was bumper-to-bumper in the capital and overland train stations were jammed with people.’
    • ‘Traffic was bumper-to-bumper after police closed part of Ribbleton Lane and Deepdale Road, near the prison, and also St Mary's Street, off Ribbleton Lane.’
    1. 1.1 (of an insurance policy) comprehensive; all-inclusive.
      ‘choose our 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty’
      • ‘In addition, unlike comprehensive bumper-to-bumper car warranties, boats are sold with separate warranties for the boat and for the engine, as well as a host of warranties for other equipment on board.’
      • ‘When purchased, according to Bagus Susanto, the sedan comes with a bumper-to-bumper guarantee for three years or 100,000 kilometers, while spare parts are guaranteed for 2X24 hours.’
      • ‘Right off the internet, you can buy extended warranty used car coverage that is generally bumper-to-bumper and lasts several years.’
      • ‘Hyundai offers a 100,000-mile warranty on its engine and related powertrain systems and a 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty on other vehicle parts and systems.’