Definition of bridge-and-tunnel in English:

bridge-and-tunnel

Syllabification: bridge-and-tun·nel

adjective

US informal
  • (Of a person) living in the suburbs and perceived as unsophisticated: clubs catering to the beautiful people and the bridge-and-tunnel crowds
    More example sentences
    • He is a bridge-and-tunnel person, from Queens, in New York.
    • If this seems like a chauvinistic putdown of the bridge-and-tunnel crowd, you know they're up to far worse.
    • A straight bridge-and-tunnel guy unwittingly moves in with a gay man.

Origin

1980s: with reference to the routes used for commuting into New York.

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