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tail end

the hinder or rear part of anything.
the concluding or final part or section; tag end:
the tail end of a lecture.
Origin of tail end
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The passengers were all at the tail end of their spirits, for Sierra Leone is the definite beginning of the Coast to the out-goer.

    West African studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  • It is very unfortunate that we so often know a thing that is past only by its tail end.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • In front the orator shouted to the casual mob, and at the tail end his companion distributed campaign literature.

  • They had some sittin' in carriages, 'way at the tail end; but I wouldn't like that.

    Ramsey Milholland Booth Tarkington
  • To be exact, it was the tail end of trial day at headquarters.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for tail end

tail end

the last, endmost, or final part
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with tail end

tail end

The rear or hindmost part, as in Douglas was at the tail end of the academic procession. [ Mid-1700s ]
The very end, the conclusion, as in Only at the tail end of his speech did he thank his sponsors. [ Mid-1800s ]
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