the tail end of something

tail end (of something)

1. The rear or hindmost part of a person or animal; the place where an animal's tail is or would be. The tail end of the fish has distinctive purple stripes. I fell off the horse and landed right on my tail end.
2. The last or concluding part, portion, or period of something. The singer just walked off the stage at the tail end of the concert without saying a word. A: "Are you enjoying the book I got you for Christmas?" B: "Yeah, I'm at the tail end already!" A: "I hope they get to my part of the performance today." B: "Don't hold your breath—you're at the tail end of the list."
See also: end, tail
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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.
See also: end, of, something, tail
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