fender bender

noun Informal.
a collision between motor vehicles in which there is only minor damage.
Also, fender-bender.


Origin:
1960–65

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fender-bender definition


  1. n.
    a minor accident. (See also rear-ender.) : There are a couple of fender-benders on the expressway this morning, so be careful.
  2. n.
    a reckless driver (who causes minor accidents). : I can't get insurance on my seventeen-year-old, who is a hopeless fender-bender.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
Whether it's a small fender bender or a major injury accident, knowing in
  advance what to do can help you avoid costly mistakes.
One fender bender, my husbands fault, was a horrible nightmare.
In the end it proved little more than a fender bender.
Use of the sign should be restricted to urban areas where fender bender type
  crashes involve property damage only.
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