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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Embrace the fashion challenge: Look at the tail end of the season as a moment to build a fall-minded wardrobe with staples that are also currently wearable. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Best Summer Whites to Take Into Fall," 10 Aug. 2018 The Airbus jet came from Chicago to Atlanta at the tail end of a tour to 15 cities on five continents. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "New Airbus A330neo jet stops in Atlanta," 6 July 2018 The 21-year-old has spent 13 months on the sidelines after rupturing his cruciate ligaments near the tail end of the 2016/17 season while playing at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with the United States side. SI.com, "Arsenal Youngster Gedion Zelalem Returns to Training After 13-Month Injury Layoff," 5 July 2018 The Hurricanes’ biggest issue remains quarterback play, repeating a theme from the tail end of last season. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "ACC power rankings: Clemson leads the way," 25 June 2018 My parents had to deal with that, and my brother was born in the tail end of that era, an era that was all too real in the minds of many black people in our area for decades. Tori Telfer, Longreads, "‘I Had Nothing To Do With It But Have Been Punished’: Issac Bailey On His Brother Moochie, the Murderer," 22 June 2018 Then-Michigan running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley did fine work turning the position around, as Michigan's backfield protection had fallen apart by the tail end of the Brady Hoke era. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football running backs must find depth, pass protect better," 3 June 2018 Oladipo is one of the NBA’s fastest players from end-to-end, and many of his points during the regular season came in transition, at the tail end of forays to the basket. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "James dominating Pacers, while Oladipo searches for answers," 26 Apr. 2018 But deaths were on the rise again by the tail end of 2017. Aubrey Whelan, Philly.com, "Fentanyl is killing more Philadelphians than any other drug, medical examiner finds," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tail end

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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