tail end


: the concluding period
the tail end of the session
: the hindmost end

Example Sentences

all I saw was his tail end vanishing around the door
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tail end was in the 14th century

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“Tail end.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tail%20end. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

tail end

: the last part
the tail end of summer
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