Example: "With all the rain we've had over the last few months, we are expecting a bumper crop this year."
A bumper crop can also be a source of problems, such as when there is insufficient storage space for an overly large crop. The word "bumper" has a second definition meaning "something unusually large," which is where this term comes from.
Related meanings or puns
The term "bumper crop" has also been used to refer to a similar large result in other activities, or as a pun such as with a group of automobiles (for their front/rear bumpers).
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