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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cousins stuck out his rear end, re-directing VanVleet ever so slightly, allowing Curry enough space to catch and shoot on the run after corralling a pass from Andre Iguodala. Matt Schneidman, The Mercury News, "Splash Brothers save the Warriors doing what they do best," 10 June 2019 On one of Thayer’s first snaps, the ball shot up right into his rear end. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Bears100 Celebration updates: Jim McMahon tells Mitch Trubisky how centers can stink up the place; Mike Singletary and Dick Butkus learned from playing offense," 8 June 2019 That rig in turn hit the rear end of the tractor trailer in front of it. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "State police release details of fiery, double-fatal crash on I-84 that closed highway for 13 hours," 4 June 2019 The brand also released a new teaser photo and a video that both show the car's rear end. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "The Lotus Type 130 Is a Lean, Mean Electric Hypercar Debuting on July 16," 31 May 2019 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

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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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