the tail end of something

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.
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.
See also: end, of, something, tail
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I didn't feel like I had my own position yet, and I didn't want to be the tail end of something.