trail (along) behind/after

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Definition of trail (along) behind/after

: to walk or move slowly as one follows behind (someone or something)
  • She marched down the street with her children trailing (along) behind/after (her).

Word by Word Definitions

trail play
  1. : to hang down so as to drag along or sweep the ground

  2. : to extend over a surface in a loose or straggling manner

  3. : to grow to such length as to droop over toward the ground

  1. : a track made by passage especially through a wilderness

  2. : a marked or established path or route especially through a forest or mountainous region

  3. : a trace or mark left by something that has passed or been drawn along : scent, track

along play
  1. : in a line matching the length or direction of

  2. : in the course of

  3. : in accordance with : in

  1. : forward, on

  2. : from one to another

  3. : in company : as a companion

behind play
  1. : in the place or situation that is being or has been departed from

  2. : in, to, or toward the back

  3. : later in time

  1. : in or to a place or situation in back of or to the rear of

  2. used as a function word to indicate something that screens an observer

  3. : following in order

  1. : buttocks

after play
  1. : following in time or place : afterward, behind, later

  1. : behind in place

  2. : subsequent to in time or order

  3. : subsequent to and in view of

  1. : subsequently to the time when

  1. : later in time

  2. : located toward the rear and especially toward the stern of a ship or tail of an aircraft

  1. used with a present participle to indicate action completed and especially just completed

  1. : afternoon

  1. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity that follows or results from the thing denoted by the second part of the compound

  2. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity of the same nature as the thing denoted by the second part of the compound but which follows that event or entity and is less intense or significant

  3. the rear or lower part


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