- a gate that is used to control the flow of water at the lower end of a lockCompare head gate
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Examples from the Web for tail gate
Camera safe on top and your suit-case tied to the tail-gate.Otherwise Phyllis
They pulled the tail-gate off and set it up on the side from which the rain was coming.Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)
I remember we had to leave off the tail-gate to my cart to accommodate him.The Prodigal Judge
But wakeful Doby sat on a tail-gate and viewed the smoking, blackened landscape with misery in his heart.
It crept toward the tail-gate—a sobbing breath—and a clumsy little animal fell at his feet.