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1. A hinged part that extends across the rear of a pickup truck or other vehicle and can be folded down or to a horizontal position for loading and unloading.
2. One of the pair of gates downstream in a canal lock.
v. tail·gat·ed, tail·gat·ing, tail·gates
To drive so closely behind (another vehicle) that one cannot stop or swerve with ease in an emergency.
1. To follow another vehicle too closely.
2. To participate in a tailgate party.
1. (Automotive Engineering) another name for tailboard
2. (Automotive Engineering) a door at the rear of a hatchback vehicle
3. (Civil Engineering) a gate that is used to control the flow of water at the lower end of a lock. Compare headgate
to drive very close behind (a vehicle)
n., v. -gat•ed, -gat•ing,
1. a board or gate at the back of a wagon, truck, station wagon, etc., that can be removed or let down for loading or unloading.
2. a style of playing the trombone, esp. in Dixieland jazz, distinguished esp. by the use of melodic counterpoint and long glissandi.v.i.
3. to follow or drive hazardously close to the rear of another vehicle.
4. to have a picnic on a tailgate, esp. of a station wagon.v.t.
5. to follow or drive hazardously close to the rear of (another vehicle).adj.
6. set up on a tailgate or near an automobile, as in a parking lot: a tailgate picnic.
[1865–70, Amer.; (definition 5) so called from the usual seat of trombonists in trucks carrying musicians during a parade]
tailgate- Originally a gate that dropped down at the tail of a wagon.
See also related terms for tails.
Past participle: tailgated
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|Noun||1.||tailgate - a gate at the rear of a vehicle; can be lowered for loading|
beach waggon, beach wagon, estate car, station waggon, station wagon, waggon, wagon - a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat
gate - a movable barrier in a fence or wall
|Verb||1.||tailgate - follow at a dangerously close distance; "it is dangerous to tailgate another vehicle"|
follow - to travel behind, go after, come after; "The ducklings followed their mother around the pond"; "Please follow the guide through the museum"