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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 a collision is likely if that vehicle brakes suddenly.
1. To follow another vehicle too closely.
2. To participate in a tailgate party.

tail′gat′er n.
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Noun1.tailgater - a driver who follows too closely behind another motor vehicle
driver - the operator of a motor vehicle
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Each area has its own atmosphere, but falls under the umbrella of the tailgating scene as a whole," said Walt Denton, alumnus and avid tailgater.
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But because we grabbed the pictures quickly and without looking," Burroughs recalls in the book, "often a tailgater would get a cum shot with the words NO PASSING ON A SOLID LINE printed beneath it.