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[teyl-pahyp] /ˈteɪlˌpaɪp/
an exhaust pipe located at the rear of a motor vehicle or aircraft powered by an internal-combustion engine.
Also, tail pipe.
Origin of tailpipe
1880-85, in sense, “suction pipe of a pump”; 1905-10 for current sense; tail1 + pipe1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for tailpipe
  • There's no tailpipe sticking out of the back of your laptop.
  • It consumes no gas, releases zero-emissions from its tailpipe, and has lots of high torque for a zippy pick-up on the road.
  • Manufacturers may use any fuel that enables the vehicles to meet stringent tailpipe-emissions standards.
  • When this trio first pulled into view on the track, they looked conventional except for one telling detail: the tailpipe.
  • Her work ranges from the noxious tailpipe to the precancerous cell, evaluating all the possible way stations of disease.
  • At official inspection stations, tailpipe emissions would simply not register.
  • These materials when released from the tailpipe directly cause smog.
  • Fuel cells extract electricity from the reaction of hydrogen with oxygen and produce no nasty tailpipe pollution.
  • Compressed air can also be used to power such an engine without any tailpipe exhaust and much lower wasted heat energy.
  • The car emits no harmful emissions from the tailpipe.
British Dictionary definitions for tailpipe


a pipe from which the exhaust gases from an internal-combustion engine are discharged, esp the terminal pipe of the exhaust system of a motor vehicle
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Slang definitions & phrases for tailpipe

tailgate party

noun phrase
  1. An outdoor party or picnic, typically in the parking lot of a sports stadium, and served on the tailgates of station wagons
  2. A style of jazz said to resemble the early New Orleans sort (Jazz musicians)

[musical sense fr the fact that the tailgate of the band's wagon was left down to give slide-room for the trombone]

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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