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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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 In coming weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department are expected to propose a rule to dramatically roll back the Obama-era standard on tailpipe emissions. Coral Davenport And Ana Swanson, BostonGlobe.com, "Are Trump’s policy decisions undermining industries he pledged to help?," 5 July 2018 Cars and Uncertainty In coming weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department are expected to jointly propose a new rule to dramatically roll back the Obama-era standard on tailpipe emissions. New York Times, "How Trump’s Policy Decisions Undermine the Industries He Pledged to Help," 4 July 2018 Also making its way out of the countless tailpipes that congregate around the Speedway is a cocktail of other air pollutants that can be hazardous for human health. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "The Indy 500 is actually super trashy," 21 May 2018 The draft also laid out legal arguments for attacking California’s unique authority under the 48-year-old U.S. Clean Air Act to set its own tailpipe standards for greenhouse gas emissions, which are followed by 12 other states. John Lippert, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Has an Auto Emissions Plan. This Negotiator Calls It ‘Crap’," 23 May 2018

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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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