bridge and tunnel

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Etymology[edit]

From the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority and the fact that travel to Manhattan Island requires passage over a bridge or through a tunnel.

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Adjective[edit]

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

  1. (New York, slang, pejorative) Alternative spelling of bridge-and-tunnel
    • 1977 December 14, Nemy, Enid, “To Be Thin, Beautiful and Cheek-to-Jowl”, The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
      "On the weekends, we get all the bridge and tunnel people who try to get in," he said.
      Elizabeth Fondaras, a pillar of the city’s conservative social scene, who has just told Steve Rubell she had never tried to get into Studio 54 for fear of being rejected, asked who the bridge and tunnel people were.
      "Those people from Queens and Staten Island and those places," he said.
    • 1984, Dan Jenkins, Life Its Ownself: The Semi-Tougher Adventures of Billy Clyde Puckett and Them[1], Simon and Schuster, ISBN 9780671460242, OL 2851747M, page 18:
      I had said to the team, "We can't go to New Jersey. What would they call us, the Bridge and Tunnels?"
    • 2011 June 29, Swerdloff, Alexis, “Fly by Night”, The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
      “You’d get everyone from tourists to bridge and tunnel people in the club.”