tail·​pipe | \ ˈtāl-ˌpīp \

Definition of tailpipe

: an outlet by which engine exhaust gases are expelled from a vehicle (such as an automobile or jet aircraft)

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Setting aside tailpipe bans, the problem is that automobiles were never designed to last the centuries. WSJ, "1968 Jaguar E-Type Zero: Revamping the Vintage Roadster as an Electric Car," 5 Oct. 2018 Other styling changes include the appearance of a horizontal blade within the lower air intakes, slightly reworked taillamps, new chrome quad tailpipes, and a bolder-looking diffuser treatment below the bumper. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan, Coupe, and Cabriolet," 29 Mar. 2018 But the situation is exacerbated in blue states, where power-sector emissions have plummeted and planet-warming tailpipe pollution remains stubbornly high. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "Cars Threaten Climate Goals in Blue States," 17 Apr. 2018 Under the Obama administration, the federal government toughened tailpipe pollution standards to match California’s. New York Times, "E.P.A. Prepares to Roll Back Rules Requiring Cars to Be Cleaner and More Efficient," 29 Mar. 2018 Outside, a lower and wider grille and a tailpipe newly integrated into the rear differentiate this Legacy from the previous model. Car and Driver, "2018 Subaru Legacy," 29 Mar. 2018 And, as soon as Monday, the same official said, Mr. Pruitt is expected to publish another major change: his agency’s legal proposal to gut President Barack Obama’s rule to reduce climate-warming pollution from vehicle tailpipes. New York Times, "Scott Pruitt, Under Fire, Plans to Initiate a Big Environmental Rollback," 14 June 2018 Like Tesla, Nikola has yet to deliver a zero-tailpipe-emissions truck to a customer. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Anheuser-Busch just bought 800 fuel cell Nikola trucks," 4 May 2018 Under federal law, California has long been allowed to set tougher tailpipe emission rules than the federal government. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Trump and California are set to collide head-on over fuel standards," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tailpipe

1922, in the meaning defined above

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tail·​pipe | \ ˈtāl-ˌpīp \

Kids Definition of tailpipe

: the pipe carrying off the exhaust gases from the muffler of an engine in a car or truck

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