bridge-and-tunnel

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English[edit]

Traffic on the George Washington Bridge, a conduit of bridge-and-tunnel people from New Jersey

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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.

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bridge-and-tunnel (comparative more bridge-and-tunnel, superlative most bridge-and-tunnel)

  1. (New York City, slang, pejorative) Of people who travel to Manhattan via bridge or tunnel from surrounding communities.
    • 1990 July, Joe Bob Briggs, “My Life as Joe Bob Briggs”, Texas Monthly, ISSN 0148-7736, page 132: 
      "Tonight we get the Bridge-and-Tunnel People." He said this like, "Tonight the Nazis attack."
      "The Bridge-and-Tunnel People?"
      "They come from Jersey and Long Island to get drunk and have a good time."
    • 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.
    • 2003, James St. James, Party Monster: A Fabulous But True Tale of Murder in Clubland, ISBN 9780743259828, OL 7947894M, page 67:
      The worst drug calamity, the worst-case scenario, was that you accidentally took too much ecstasy and were actually nice to a Bridge-and-Tunnel person.
    • 2009 March 9, Nate Fillion as Richard Castle, “Flowers for Your Grave”, Castle season 1 episode 1:
      Well, you're not bridge-and-tunnel. No trace of the boroughs when you talk. So that means Manhattan, that means money.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.

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