tailgate party


Definition of tailgate party

: a social gathering in which food and drinks are served at or near the back end of a parked vehicle (such as a pickup truck) that usually occurs in a parking lot before or after a public event (such a football game or concert)

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The fans tanked up before each game at tailgate parties on the beautiful golf course. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: One W isn’t wonderful for Trojans fans," 6 Sep. 2019 Ulvydas, a redshirt junior at the time of his arrest, was reportedly upset after his roommate failed to acknowledge him at an Oct. 6 tailgating party. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "Battery case dropped against former UCF basketball player," 20 July 2019 Heck, Alabama tailgating parties have a bigger presence on the web than the Democrats, and appear far more functional. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al.com, "Bama Dems are victims of their own dirty tricks," 16 July 2019 The parade ends near Northwestern University’s Ryan Field and Welsh-Ryan Arena, and the mile-plus route can sometimes look like the aftermath of a long-over tailgate party. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "Lawn chairs, tarps and tape: Marking dibs along Evanston’s parade route begins well before July 4," 2 July 2019 The game actually is a multi-day party, featuring drumline and dance competition, tailgate party, player-autograph sessions, food court, beer garden and interactive sponsor booths. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "5,000 volunteers sought for 2 Pro Football Hall of Fame events," 14 June 2019 Our annual tailgate party with food trucks, frosty beverages, games and swag is a big hit. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Small Company Rankings," 13 June 2019 Ford boasts that its hybrid Explorer can tow a boat and that its hybrid F-150 can operate as a mobile generator, powering tools and tailgate parties. Bloomberg, Twin Cities, "Prius sales are falling, but hybrids are more popular than ever," 3 June 2019 Kids kick soccer balls and tailgate parties spring up. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Orlando offers glimpse at FC Cincinnati soccer stadium future and the impact on a community," 31 May 2019

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First Known Use of tailgate party

1958, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tailgate party

US : a party in which people serve food and drinks from the back end of their vehicles usually in a parking lot before or after a major public event (such as a football game, a concert, etc.)

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