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tail end

the hinder or rear part of anything.
the concluding or final part or section; tag end:
the tail end of a lecture.
Origin of tail end
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for tail-end
Historical Examples
  • I took my place at the tail-end of the line, and every newcomer fell in behind me.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • "I don't understand the tail-end o' that," said Mrs. Trevarthen.

    Shining Ferry Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • We remained in the square and saw the tail-end of their mess cart.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • I didn't believe there was one loose in this tail-end of nowhere.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Si was so particularly awkward that the Captain put him at the tail-end of the company.

  • Sheik Amut Ben Butler, you say you are king of this tail-end of the desert?

    The Shriek Charles Somerville
  • There was plenty of noise and enthusiasm, but I was unawakened until the tail-end of the procession came.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • Probably they were the tail-end of the great migration of the Wurm ice age.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • He had been prepared for the tail-end of a tornado, and this slight admonitory puff surprised him.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • Peter promptly picked the big star at the tail-end of the kite.

    The Star People Gaylord Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for tail-end

tail end

the last, endmost, or final part
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with tail-end

tail end

The rear or hindmost part, as in Douglas was at the tail end of the academic procession. [ Mid-1700s ]
The very end, the conclusion, as in Only at the tail end of his speech did he thank his sponsors. [ Mid-1800s ]
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