tail·​ing | \ ˈtā-liŋ How to pronounce tailing (audio) \

Definition of tailing

1 : residue separated in the preparation of various products (such as grain or ores) usually used in plural
2 : the part of a projecting stone or brick inserted in a wall

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Examples of tailing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is star forward Kawhi Leonard, who infamously forced a trade out of town in July 2018, winning a championship in his one-season pit stop in Toronto before high-tailing it to L.A. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Spurs say it's time to make most of home-court edge," 23 Mar. 2021 Gatewood then returned to the field for Kentucky’s final drive with Kentucky tailing by 10 and 3:07 remaining. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky football opens starting quarterback job for competition before Georgia game," 26 Oct. 2020 With Kentucky tailing by just four points at 7-3 and 1:19 left on the first-half clock, Stoops and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran elected to play it safe rather than take a few shots down the field in hopes of scoring before halftime. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "In loss to Georgia, Kentucky proved offensive problems extend beyond quarterback play," 31 Oct. 2020 Cloaked in Victorian mining antiquity, buildings are bedecked with towers, turrets, dormers and wraparound porches, while the adjoining slopes are dotted with shaft holes, multihued rock tailing piles and tottering old mine shacks. New York Times, "Leaf Peeping Is Not Canceled: 6 Drives and Hikes to Try This Fall," 1 Oct. 2020 The outbreak adds to other issues plaguing freight rates of the world’s largest ships, with reduced iron ore flows from Brazil to China after last year’s Brumadinho tailings dam disaster pressuring freight demand, Mr. Langston said. David Hodari, WSJ, "Shipping Bellwether Hits All-Time Low," 3 Feb. 2020 Environmental impacts could include the destruction of a rock escarpment called Apache Leap, tailings pollution and water shortages, experts say. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Tribal and local activists air concerns about Resolution copper mine at Oak Flat for congressional subcommittee," 13 Mar. 2020 The mine would also require a tailings facility to store the toxic leftovers, most likely in a wash that's part of the Gila River watershed. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Apache activist Wendsler Nosie followed a lifelong path to Resolution copper mine protest," 15 Jan. 2020 One of the most pointed critiques is that the statement does not address the possibility of a catastrophic release of tailings, a watery mixture of mine waste. Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "The risky plan to haul minerals from a mine in the Alaska wilderness," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of tailing

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tailing was in 1764

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3 Apr 2021

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“Tailing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailing. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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