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bring up the rear

Definition of bring up the rear

  1. :  to be in the last position in a group, line, etc. <At this point in the voting, Jones is leading with Smith in second place and Johnson bringing up the rear.> <The last of the runners straggled in, with my dad bringing up the rear.>



Word by Word Definitions

bringplay
  1. :  to convey, lead, carry, or cause to come along with one toward the place from which the action is being regarded

    : :  to cause to be, act, or move in a special way: as

    :  attract

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

rearplay
  1. :  to erect by building :  construct

    :  to raise upright

    :  to breed and raise (an animal) for use or market

  1. : :  the back part of something: as

    :  the unit (as of an army) or area farthest from the enemy

    :  the part of something located opposite its front

  1. :  being at the back


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