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tail gate

a gate that is used to control the flow of water at the lower end of a lock Compare head gate
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  • Maybe Frank will lend us the tail gate of his wagon to put over it.

    Jack the Young Cowboy George Bird Grinnell
  • Why don't you get the tail gate of the bed wagon and use that?

    Jack the Young Cowboy George Bird Grinnell
  • And now, at the tail gate of every wagon, lashed fast for its last long journey, hung also the family plow.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
  • The cook, on being appealed to, declined to lend the tail gate of the cook wagon.

    Jack the Young Cowboy George Bird Grinnell
  • The end gate of a prairie schooner was lost on a hill, and tail gate mountain came into being.

    Down the Mother Lode Vivia Hemphill
  • When the noon hour arrived, the tail gate of the wagon, which was the door of the grub-box, was let down to form a table.

    The Indians' Last Fight

    Dennis Collins

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