tail end (of something)

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tail end

1. The rear or hindmost part of a person or animal; the place where an animal's tail is or would be. The fish can be identified by the distinctive purple stripes on its tail end. I fell off the horse and landed right on my tail end.
2. The very final stretch, part, or period of something. I'm getting to the tail end of the book Carol got me for Christmas. The singer just walked off the stage at the tail end of the concert without saying a word.
See also: end, tail

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.
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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

the tail end of something

The tail end of something is the last part of it. He listened to the tail end of a discussion about the new virus. It was the tail end of another year.
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(at) the tail ˈend (of something)

(at) the final or last part (of something): I didn’t hear most of the conversation — I only came in at the tail end.
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References in classic literature ?
Indeed, it was such a thundering poor success that it raised wondering scowls all along the line, and a gorgeous flunkey at the tail end of it raised his whip; but I jumped in time and was under it when it fell; and under cover of the volley of coarse laughter which fol- lowed, I spoke up sharply and warned the king to take no notice.
When Captain Hansen lighted the fuse and hooked the fish hook into the tail end of a native's loin cloth, that native was smitten with so an ardent a desire for the shore that he forgot to shed the loin cloth.
The extraordinary timber projections which I have seen in no other vessel made her square stern resemble the tail end of a miller's waggon.
"So that is the tail end of the telegram which Godfrey Staunton dispatched within a few hours of his disappearance.
The northeasterlies will prevail over Luzon and most parts of Visayas, while the tail end of cold front will continue to affect northern and eastern Luzon tomorrow.
By Tuesday, moderate to occasional strong northeasterlies will be experienced almost throughout the country, while the tail end of a cold front continues to affect eastern Luzon.
Metro Manila and most parts of Luzon will have cloudy skies and scattered rain due to the tail end of a cold front, the state weather bureau said Wednesday.
They caught the tail end of the '80s DC hardcore scene and they've got some catchy tunes, although the lyrics that deal with emotional pain, angst, etc, kinda make me laugh more now than I did then...
Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, MIMAROPA and the Bicol region will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to the tail end of a cold front.
Prepare to greet the New Year with umbrellas and rain gear in hand after the weather bureau on Friday said most parts of the country will be experiencing rainshowers due to the tail end of a cold front and the northeast monsoon.
Instead of confirming my no-claims bonus, will they suddenly think, "Hang on, he's due five more so he must be a bad risk," cut my discount, increase my premium and add a pounds 200 excess for any accidents involving the tail end of another vehicle?
Keep those umbrellas and rain gear handy as the weather bureau on Friday said most of the country will be experiencing rainshowers due to the tail end of a cold front and the northeast monsoon.
Pagasa said the rainy weather is due to the tail end of the cold front and the northeast monsoon.
Keep those umbrellas and rain gear handy as the weather bureau on Saturday said most parts of the country will be experiencing rain showers due to the tail end of the cold front and the northeast monsoon.