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 the last portion or lowest part of something.
Examples: tail-ends of glaciers, 1874; tail end men of the Victorian Eleven, 1904.
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(teil) noun
1. the part of an animal, bird or fish that sticks out behind the rest of its body. The dog wagged its tail; A fish swims by moving its tail.
2. anything which has a similar function or position. the tail of an aeroplane/comet.
to follow closely. The detectives tailed the thief to the station.
having a (certain size, type etc of) tail. a black-tailed duck; a long-tailed dog.
tails noun, adverb
(on) the side of a coin that does not have the head of the sovereign etc on it. He tossed the coin and it came down tails.
a call showing that a person has chosen that side of the coin when tossing a coin to make a decision etc.
ˌtail-ˈend noun
the very end or last part. the tail-end of the procession.
ˈtail-light noun
the (usually red) light on the back of a car, train etc. He followed the tail-lights of the bus.
tail wind
a wind coming from behind. We sailed home with a tail wind.
tail off
1. to become fewer, smaller or weaker (at the end). His interest tailed off towards the end of the film.
2. (also tail away) (of voices etc) to become quieter or silent. His voice tailed away into silence.
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References in classic literature ?
"Here it is, the tail-end of dry summer, an' the ground's just leakin' everywhere."
There was about a teaspoonful of grey matter distributed among the entire squad, and the pupil Annette had been teaching that afternoon had come in at the tail-end of the division.
The notification was issued only after tail-end growers impressed upon Sindh Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah to form the committee through a notification in compliance with orders of a division bench of the Hyderabad circuit of the SHC comprising Justices Salahuddin Panhwar and Adnan Iqbal Chaudhry.
THATTA -- A protest demonstration was recorded by the growers against the shortage of water in the tail-end areas of coastal belt on Tuesday.
BADIN -- Hundreds of growers staged protest against shortage of agriculture water at tail-end areas here on Wednesday.
KARACHI -- Sindh Senior Minister for Irrigation, Works and Services Syed Nasir Hussain Shah on Friday assured that Irrigation system of the province will be revamped to ensure sufficient water supply to the tail-end growers.
While addressing the participants, representatives of growers expressed their anger and said that their share of water was diverted to five flood canals and was stolen through illegal outlets to irrigate land of the influential people which was depriving over millions people in the tail-end areas of the district.
Cold front brings rains Chedeng nears Mindanao !-- -- Rhodina Villanueva (The Philippine Star) - March 17, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines The rainshowers yesterday in Metro Manila were not the result of cloud-seeding but caused by the tail-end of a cold front hovering over Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
The tail-end of a cold front is expected to bring rains in northern and central Luzon, the weather bureau said on Saturday.
The tail-end of cold front and northeast monsoon or amihan will be the prevailing weather systems on the first day of February, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
The CM directed the irrigation department to further focus on the proper distribution of water, particularly to the tail-end areas.
He said that tail-end areas were being provided water through management.