rear-end

verb
\ ˈrir-ˈend , -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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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 The red car slammed into the rear end of the green car, causing injuries to several people inside of the two vehicles. CBS News, "Car passenger dies while stopping along Texas highway to urinate," 13 Jan. 2018 Gattis entered a jubilant dugout, received a pat on his rear end from manager A.J. Hinch before catching Tony Kemp to cradle, hugs for another home run from a white hot white bear. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Evan Gattis' grand slam lifts Astros over Royals," 15 June 2018 Stammen came in to start the eighth, got two quick outs and then was the victim of a line drive single off his rear end and a single off a dribbler to the left side. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres come through in clutch to defeat Pirates," 18 May 2018 Rasean Preston, 31, is accused of rear ending the vehicle in which Nakiesha Johnson, 43, of Detroit was a passenger, launching it into a utility pole. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit man charged in car crash that killed a woman, injured 3 others," 1 May 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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