(in an amusement park) a small, carlike electric vehicle with an encircling rubber bumper that one maneuvers around an enclosed arena while purposely bumping other vehicles.
Origin of bumper car
First recorded in 1945–50
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a low-powered electrically propelled vehicle driven and bumped against similar cars in a special rink at a funfairAlso called: Dodgem
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