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1. Traveling close together with bumpers almost touching: The cars were bumper-to-bumper in the tunnel.
2. Moving slowly or stalled as a result of tight spacing between vehicles: bumper-to-bumper traffic.

bump′er-to-bump′er adv.
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(of traffic) forming long, slow-moving queues
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marked by a long line of cars moving slowly or with many stops and starts, one behind the other: bumper-to-bumper traffic.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bumper-to-bumper - used of traffic; "bumper-to-bumper traffic"
slow - not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time; "a slow walker"; "the slow lane of traffic"; "her steps were slow"; "he was slow in reacting to the news"; "slow but steady growth"
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Several motorists tried to use alternate roads and streets of the residential areas but they got trapped in the bumper-to-bumper traffic as they were already jammed with hundreds of vehicles.
For hours traffic on the main Cardiff-Barry road was bumper-to-bumper and during the home-going rush hour in the evening, 2,500 vehicles an hour passed Culverhouse Cross on their way to Cardiff.
For sure, the technology for bumper-to-bumper convoy driving is soon going to be available, but at what cost to our quality of life?
On an average OffPeak weeknight, 17,000 trucks visit the marine container terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and if all of these trucks were lined up bumper-to-bumper, they would form a line 170 miles long, half the distance from Los Angeles to San Jose.
Dave Bautista of the NLEX Traffic Control Room said the bumper-to-bumper traffic starts in Valenzuela and goes all the way to Balintawak in Quezon City and the roads leading to Manila.