tail end (of something)

tail end (of something)

1. The rearmost part of something. Don't hold your breath—you're at the tail end of the list of applications.
2. The last or concluding part of something. The famous author only appeared at the tail end of the panel.
See also: end, tail

tail end

1. The rear or hindmost part, as in Douglas was at the tail end of the academic procession. [Mid-1700s]
2. The very end, the conclusion, as in Only at the tail end of his speech did he thank his sponsors. [Mid-1800s]
See also: end, tail