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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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