tail end


Definition of tail end

1 : the concluding period the tail end of the session
2 : buttocks, rump
3 : the hindmost end

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Examples of tail end in a Sentence

all I saw was his tail end vanishing around the door

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Senzatela, trying to gain traction for next season by performing well at the tail end of this season, allowed one run on four hits over six innings. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies get strong effort from Senzatela, defeat Cardinals again," 11 Sep. 2019 The strike is the company’s first involving pilots since the 1970s and threatens the travel plans of customers at the tail end of the busy summer season. Siddharth Philip, Fortune, "‘We Had No Option.’ British Airways Cancels Almost 100% of Flights in Face of First-Ever Pilots Strike," 9 Sep. 2019 At the tail end of his gaggle, this reporter called out to Kennedy. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "Joe Kennedy III stumps for Elizabeth Warren as he mulls Senate bid," 5 Sep. 2019 The geologists who reported the date last week, here at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference, also point out a conspicuous coincidence: The impact came at the tail end of a planetwide deep freeze known as Snowball Earth. Eric Hand, Science | AAAS, "Shock and thaw? Earth’s oldest asteroid impact may have helped lift the planet out of a deep freeze," 27 Aug. 2019 That’s not easy even at the tail end of the rush hour. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Far away and under the redwoods, but haunted by the sights in San Francisco," 24 Aug. 2019 As Dubai boomed at the tail end of the century, so did its Iranian population. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "The once flourishing Iranian community in Dubai faces pressure amid Gulf tensions," 13 Aug. 2019 The two friends were at the tail end of a Baja vacation that included wine tasting in Valle de Guadalupe and seafood in Ensenada. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Netflix show ‘Taco Chronicles’ shines light on Tijuana taco shop," 11 Aug. 2019 Others, like California Gov. Jerry Brown, would wait before jumping in at the tail end of the primary calendar, hoping a late show of strength might carry over to the convention. Steve Kornacki, NBC News, "1976: Jimmy Carter begins his march," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of tail end

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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