tail end


Definition of tail end

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

Examples of tail end in a Sentence

all I saw was his tail end vanishing around the door
Recent Examples on the Web The last time Connecticut reported more than 100 deaths in a single week was last February, at the tail end of last winter’s COVID-19 surge. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 6 Jan. 2022 The blaze broke out at the tail end of a year of devastating wildfires in the West. Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2022 Daveed Diggs stars as Andre Layton, a prisoner at the tail end of the train who gets caught up in a revolutionary struggle against the imposed social hierarchy aboard Snowpiercer. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 31 Dec. 2021 Fox has yet to settle on a permanent replacement for Wallace, an 18-year veteran of the network whose exit came at the tail end of another year during which Fox not only held on to its ratings dominance. Andy Meek, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 The Bears were behind three other teams in firing their coach at the tail end of that season. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 28 Dec. 2021 Outdoorsy destinations are dominating Kayak's top trending list at the tail end of 2021, with Colorado and Montana making up four of the top 10 trending destinations for 2022, with an increase in search share of at least 46% compared to 2019. Rachel King, Fortune, 27 Dec. 2021 Released at the tail end of the year to be Oscar-eligible. Marc Bona, cleveland, 24 Dec. 2021 At the tail end of a line for rebooking flights, Cesar Zerrato of Elizabeth, N.J., let out a long, anguished moan that drew the attention of a few travelers ahead of him in line at Kennedy International Airport in Queens, N.Y. New York Times, 24 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of tail end

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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9 Jan 2022

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“Tail end.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tail%20end. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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