tail end

See also: tail-end and tailend


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From Middle English taylende; equivalent to tail +‎ end.


tail end (plural tail ends)

  1. The hindmost part of anything (a person, animal, or object), the butt, buttocks; hindquarters, rump.
  2. (figuratively) The last part of a period of time, event, or situation; the concluding or final part.
    At the tail end of summer.
    The tail end of a lecture.
    The tail end of a conversation.
    • 2016 December 20, Katie Rife, “Passengers strains the considerable charms of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      An equipment malfunction has woken him up 90 years early, and he’s now doomed to live out the rest of his life surrounded by sushi bars and infinity pools, but not a single human companion.(The other 5,000 passengers on board will wake up at the tail end of the ship’s 120-year voyage to Earth colony Homestead-II.)


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