rear-end

verb
\ ˈrir-ˈend How to pronounce rear-end (audio) , -ˌend\
rear-ended; rear-ending; rear-ends

Definition of rear-end

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to crash into the back of (a vehicle)

rear end

noun

Definition of rear end (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms for rear-end

Synonyms: Noun

backside, behind, booty (also bootie) [slang], bottom, breech, bum, buns, butt, buttocks, caboose, can, cheeks, derriere (or derrière), duff, fanny, fundament, hams, haunches, heinie [slang], hunkers, keister (also keester) [slang], nates, posterior, rear, rump, seat, tail, tail end, tush [slang]

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Examples of rear-end in a Sentence

Noun

She stood up and brushed off her rear end. The car's rear end was badly damaged in the accident.

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The rear end has an odd, almost boattail-esque treatment, while the face incorporates similar cues as the CT5 with more modern-looking headlights than the outgoing ATS. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "The Cadillac CT4 Entry-Luxury Sedan Appears in Medium-Performance CT4-V Form," 30 May 2019 Oliver is accused of pointing a firearm after being rear ended. Fox News, "Latest: Assault charges still pending for convicted ex-cop," 30 Aug. 2018 Norway is kicking our red, white and blue rear ends all over Pyeongchang, South Korea at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Editors, USA TODAY, "A question after the Florida shooting: Are American boys 'broken'?," 19 Feb. 2018 The system uses laser acquisition to target the suspect's fleeing or stationary car and then shoots one of the GPS cartridges like a spud out of a potato gun at its rear end. Alyson Sheppard, Popular Mechanics, "Police Shoot Cars With GPS Tags to Reduce High-Speed Chases," 6 Nov. 2013 All-wheel drive can be used on dry pavement, where four-wheel drive requires a slippery surface so that the front and rear ends can match speed without binding. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use Your 4WD System," 5 Dec. 2018 The Camaro has a 500 hp 427 V8 with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, Muncie 4-speed manual transmission and Ford 9-inch rear end, among other modifications. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "David Koresh's 1968 Chevrolet Camaro is for sale, report says," 20 Aug. 2018 Based on the upcoming, off-road 2019 Silverado Z71 Trail Boss, the Goliath gets a reengineered rear end with twin solid axles, an 8-inch suspension lift and a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 705 hp and 675 lb-ft of torque. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Hennessey Chevrolet Silverado-based Goliath 6x6 is a giant truck," 25 Sep. 2018 The injury broke a leg, required the removal of two ribs and left permanent nerve damage in her rear end, paralyzing her tail. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Coming to the rescue: Newport resident’s dog food company starts nonprofit to get homeless dogs veterinary care," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of rear-end

Verb

1957, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

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rear-end

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rear-end

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly US, informal : to drive into the back of (a vehicle)

rear end

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rear end (Entry 2 of 2)

: the part of the body you sit on
: the back part of something (such as a vehicle)

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