rear end

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rear end

1. The back part of anything, especially a vehicle, as in There's a large dent in the rear end of the car.
2. 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.
See also: end, rear

rear (end)

n. the tail end; the buttocks. (Euphemistic.) The dog bit her in the rear end.
See also: end, rear
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When a large drill rig or a fully-loaded rig tender rear-ends a compact auto, the results can be devastating for the occupants in all vehicles, and can expose businesses to potentially costly and time-consuming legal actions," said Joe Hogan, senior loss control consultant for The Hartford and member of the NGWA's safety committee.
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