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1. verb, informal To follow someone or something, especially in order to keep them or it under surveillance. I had a paranoid feeling that someone was tailing me as I made my way to the hideout with the stolen goods. I want you to tail that car and tell me where it goes.
2. noun, informal A person who is employed or instructed to follow someone or something, especially in order to keep them or it under surveillance. Make sure you don't have a tail on you when you're delivering the secret documents to the boss. Let's put a tail on the car and see where it takes the ambassador.
3. noun, informal The course or track of a person or animal being pursued. I can't come to the hideout—I think there's someone on my tail. The fox fled to the woods, with several hounds right on its tail.
4. noun, slang The buttocks (usually figuratively). Everyone expected them to beat us in the game, but we kicked their tails! Get your tail in here, dinner's ready!
5. noun, vulgar slang Sexual intercourse or activity. Marcus is always obsessed with getting some tail whenever we go out to the clubs.
6. noun, offensive slang A person or people viewed as an object of sexual gratification. Used especially in reference to women. She was a hot piece of tail, that's for sure, but beyond that I had no real interest in her.
1. The bottom side of a coin, especially when tossed into the air to determine an outcome. If it's heads, I'll do the dishes, but if it's tails, then you have to do them. "Tails!" he shouted as Sarah tossed the coin in the air.
2. A formal coat with long, split ends at the back. When were seated by a maître d′ was wearing tails, I knew we were in for a very fancy meal. I need to get my tails dry cleaned for the gala next Tuesday.
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n. a tuxedo with long sections in back. Ralph had to rent tails for the evening.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
- be put in charge (of someone or something)
- be left in charge (of someone or something)
- accompany (one) on a/(one's) journey
- accompany on a journey
- be out of (one's) league
- be out of somebody's league
- (one) puts (one's) pants on one leg at a time
- beware of
- beware of (someone or something)
- be/have done with somebody/something