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[teyl-geyt] /ˈteɪlˌgeɪt/
noun
1.
the board or gate at the back of a wagon, truck, station wagon, etc., which can be removed or let down for convenience in loading or unloading.
verb (used without object), tailgated, tailgating.
2.
to follow or drive hazardously close to the rear of another vehicle.
verb (used with object), tailgated, tailgating.
3.
to follow or drive hazardously close to the rear of (another vehicle).
adjective
4.
pertaining to or set up on a tailgate:
a tailgate picnic before the football game.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; tail1 + gate
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British Dictionary definitions for tail-gating

tailgate

/ˈteɪlˌɡeɪt/
noun
1.
another name for tailboard
2.
a door at the rear of a hatchback vehicle
verb
3.
to drive very close behind (a vehicle)
Derived Forms
tailgater, noun
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Word Origin and History for tail-gating
tailgate
1868, back panel on a wagon, hinged to swing down and open, from tail + gate. Extended by 1950 to hatchback door on an automobile. The verb meaning "to drive too close behind another vehicle" is from 1951; tailgate party "party or picnic at the open tail-gate of a parked car" is attested from 1970.
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Slang definitions & phrases for tail-gating

tailgate

verb
  1. To follow another car, truck, etc, dangerously closely; hightail: drove her car behind him, tailgating him between red walls of dead brick
  2. To watch girls go by (College students)
  3. To join what one says closely to what has just been said; dovetail (Army)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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