This was the rear guard of an army that lost a battle, firing one last volley before retreating.
Titanic sat in the rear of the room, twisting his fingers nervously, till he was called.
What is there to prevent Sherman taking General Lee in the rear?
My father-in-law called him the "heavy artillery," bringing up the rear after the Jack Russell reconnoitering party.
Pentagon spokesman rear Adm. John Kirby declined to comment on the Bergdahl correspondence on why he left his base.
This method of delivering the sheets is known as the cylinder or rear delivery.
The hall in the rear of the building had an excellent dancing floor.
Thought he'd take you in the rear by going to Washington, did he?
Cadet Faraday, you are requested to report to the rear admiral at once.
He went out on the pier with the others, but remained in the rear.
"hindmost part," c.1600, abstracted from rerewarde "rear guard, hindmost part of an army or fleet" (mid-14c.), from Anglo-French rerewarde, Old French rieregarde, from Old French adverb riere "behind" (from Latin retro "back, behind;" see retro-) + Old French garde (see guard (n.)). Or the word may be a shortened form of arrear (see arrears).
As a euphemism for "buttocks" it is attested from 1796. Rear admiral is first attested 1580s, apparently so called from ranking "behind" an admiral proper. Rear-view (mirror) is recorded from 1926.
Old English ræran "to raise, build up, create, set on end; arouse, excite, stir up," from Proto-Germanic *raizijanau "to raise," causative of *risanan "to rise" (see raise (v.)). Meaning "bring into being, bring up" (as a child) is recorded from early 15c.; that of "raise up on the hind legs" is first recorded late 14c. Related: Reared; rearing.
"attack in the rear," 17c., from rear (n.).
c.1300, from Old French rere (see rear (n.)).