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From the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority and the fact that road travel to Manhattan Island requires passage over a bridge or through a tunnel.
- (New York City, slang, pejorative) Of people who travel to Manhattan via bridge or tunnel from surrounding communities.
1999 August 1, Stamler, Bernard, “Whose Hamptons Are They Anyway?”, The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- And much to the consternation of their city cousins, many of whom view them with the same disdain they reserve in the other three seasons for the bridge-and-tunnel people who dare to cross the Hudson and East Rivers for a bit of Manhattan glamour, they seem to be taking over.
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