Definition of bumper-to-bumper in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Usually on any working day the traffic moves bumper-to-bumper.’