bring up the rear


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bring up the rear

To move last in a group of people. You guys go first—I'll bring up the rear. We need one adult to lead the kids, and another to bring up the rear.
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bring up the rear

to move along behind everyone else; to be at the end of the line. (Originally referred to marching soldiers. Fixed order.) Here comes John, bringing up the rear. Hurry up, Tom! Why are you always bringing up the rear?
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bring up the rear

Be last in a line or sequence, as in As a slow walker, I'm used to bringing up the rear, or In test results Tom always brought up the rear. This term almost certainly came from the military but the earliest citation given by the Oxford English Dictionary is from a 1643 religious treatise by Sir Thomas Browne: "My desires onely are . . . to be but the last man, and bring up the Rere in Heaven."
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bring up the rear

1 be at the very end of a line of people or things. 2 come last in a race or other contest.
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ˌbring up the ˈrear


1 be the last person or group to appear in a line or procession: The President led the way out of the courtyard, followed by senior officials. Junior officials brought up the rear.
2 finish last in a race or competition: Smith finished in 2nd place, Warren in 3rd, with poor Davis bringing up the rear in 12th place.
See also: bring, rear, up

bring up the rear

To be the last in a line or sequence.
See also: bring, rear, up