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rear end

noun
1.
the hindmost part of something.
2.
Informal. the buttocks; behind.
Also called tail end.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70

rear-end

[reer-end] /ˈrɪərˈɛnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to drive a vehicle or other conveyance so as to strike the back end of (another vehicle):
My car was rear-ended by another driver on the highway.
2.
(of a moving vehicle or other conveyance) to strike the back end of (another vehicle or object):
A freight train rear-ended the commuter train this morning.
Origin
1975-80
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Examples from the web for rear-end
  • Now we'll see if he can pull the splinters out of his rear-end and get the job done.
  • One was a derailment and the other was a rear-end collision.
  • rear-end crashes occur with a much higher frequency but are much less severe than angle crashes.
  • Left-turn lanes allow separation of left-turn and through-traffic streams, thus reducing the potential for rear-end collisions.
  • rear-end collisions usually increase when a signal is installed.
  • Frontal air bags typically do not offer protection in rollovers, side-impact or rear-end crashes.
  • rear-end crashes may also be a symptom of short change intervals.
Word Origin and History for rear-end
n.

"buttocks," 1937, from rear (adj.) + end (n.). As a verb, "to collide (with another vehicle) from behind," from 1976. Related: Rear-ended; rear-ending.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for rear-end

rear end

noun phrase

(also rear) The buttocks; ass: She's a pain in the rear end (1937+, variant 1796+)

verb

To hit a car from the rear: his Grand Am was rear-ended (mid-1970s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with rear-end

rear end

.
The back part of anything, especially a vehicle, as in There's a large dent in the rear end of the car.
.
The buttocks, as in I'm afraid these pants don't fit my rear end. The noun rear alone has been used in both these senses, the first since the late 1700s and the second since the mid-1900s. The addition of end occurred in the first half of the 1900s.
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