What Does the Expression “Bumper Crop” Mean and Where Did the Saying Come From?

A “bumper crop” is a result of extraordinary abundance.

You can have a bumper business, bumper crowds, or bumper crops.

This ancient use of bumper comes from a drinking goblet called a “bumper,” which was filled to the brim when used for toasts.

While quaffing a bumper of ale, drinkers touched, or bumped these goblets against one another during a festive or celebratory occasion such as an excellent harvest, business growth, or full houses at theatrical performances.

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