tail

tail
tail1 W3S2 [teıl] n
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1¦(animal)¦
2¦(aircraft)¦
3¦(shirt)¦
4¦(back part)¦
5 tails
6 the tail end of something
7 be on somebody's tail
8¦(follow)¦
9 turn tail
10 with your tail between your legs
11 it's (a case of) the tail wagging the dog
12 chase tail
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[: Old English; Origin: tAgel]
1.) ¦(ANIMAL)¦
the part that sticks out at the back of an animal's body, and that it can move
The dog wagged its tail .
white-tailed/long-tailed etc
a white-tailed eagle
cockpit, ↑wing, ↑tail
2.) ¦(AIRCRAFT)¦
the back part of an aircraft
3.) ¦(SHIRT)¦
the bottom part of your shirt at the back, that you put inside your trousers
4.) ¦(BACK PART)¦ [usually singular]
the back or last part of something, especially something that is moving away from you
We saw the tail of the procession disappearing round the corner.
5.) tails
a) [plural]
a man's jacket which is short at the front and divides into two long pieces at the back, worn to very formal events
b) [U] spoken
said when you are ↑tossing a coin (=throwing it up in the air to decide which of two things you will do or choose)
≠ ↑heads
6.) the tail end of sth
the last part of an event, situation, or period of time
7.) be on sb's tail informal
to be following someone closely
8.) ¦(FOLLOW)¦ informal
someone who is employed to watch and follow someone, especially a criminal
put a tail on sb
(=order someone to follow another person)
9.) turn tail informal
to run away because you are too frightened to fight or attack
10.) with your tail between your legs
embarrassed or unhappy because you have failed or been defeated
11.) it's (a case of) the tail wagging the dog informal
used to say that an unimportant thing is wrongly controlling a situation
12.) chase tail
AmE informal to try to get a woman to have sex with you
tail 2
tail2 v [T]
informal to follow someone and watch what they do, where they go etc
The police have been tailing him for several months.
tail away phr v
to tail off
tail back phr v
BrE if traffic tails back, a long line of cars forms, for example because the road is blocked
tail off phr v
1.) to become gradually less, smaller etc, and often stop or disappear completely
Profits tailed off towards the end of the year.
2.) written if someone's voice tails off, it becomes quieter and then stops
'I didn't mean ...' Her voice tailed off in embarrassment.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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