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tailgate

1. To follow so closely behind a vehicle that a collision is very likely or inevitable should the vehicle in front suddenly slow down or stop. I failed my driving test for tailgating this guy ahead of me who was going really slow. It is illegal to tailgate on the freeway in this state.
2. To organize or participate in a party or picnic that takes place near one or more parked cars, usually before or during sports events. Are you guys tailgating again this weekend? I'd love to come along! The last time we decided to tailgate, John got so drunk that he missed the entire football game.

tailgate party

A party or picnic that takes place in the parking lot of an arena or venue where an event is being held, especially a sporting event or concert. So named because participants typically accessing food and drinks from the trunks of cars or the beds of pickup trucks (whose tailgates are down). The best part of a tailgate party is grilling and talking and drinking with all the other fans.
See also: party, tailgate

tailgate

1. tv. & in. to follow (someone) too closely in a car. That guy tailgating me is drunk, I think.
2. in. to have a tailgate party. We planned to tailgate before the game, but it was massively cold.

tailgate party

n. a small party held on the folded-down tailgate of a station wagon in a parking lot. (Something that is done before a ball game, concert, etc.) They had a tailgate party before the Bears game.
See also: party, tailgate
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I have found that many tailgaters now spend over $700 a year on food and supplies for up to 10 tailgates a season and usually arrive at the stadium three to four hours before kickoff.
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To repair the tailgate problem, dealers will open the tailgate and install a block that will prevent it from opening unintentionally.
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The unit is essentially a standard tailgate split in a 60/40 fashion.
Escalade Sports expects the acquisition of Victory Tailgate to be accretive to its business results beginning in 2019.
During the U type ventilation of longwalls (with exploitation being carried out under conditions of high methane hazard), the highest methane concentration levels are present in the intersection area between the longwall and the tailgate (the called upper corner of the longwall).
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When asked why they tailgate, 33 per cent of the respondents blamed the slow vehicles in front of them; 23 per cent said they are 'running late'; and 10 per cent replied that they are tailgated too.
There axe certain items necessary for any tailgate party.
In addition, the hands-free liftgate system which enables the tailgate to be opened by simply kicking your foot underneath the rear bumper has been introduced by a car maker [1].
The Rebel/Bulldog Tailgate Challenge, held annually in Pontotoc, brings fans and families together two weeks before the first kickoff of the season.
Of the 61 percent who tailgate, 29 percent tailgate grill at a sports stadium or arena, while 40 percent grill at home for sporting events, showing the tailgating experience is not limited to the site of the game.
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