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tailboard

[teyl-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈteɪlˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun
1.
the tailgate, especially of a wagon or truck.
Also called endgate.
Origin of tailboard
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805; tail1 + board
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Historical Examples
  • The trap was a leaf, acting as a sort of tailboard to the wagon.

  • Then, as the tailboard of the wagon swung past him, he reached out and grabbed it.

    Tom Swift and his Airship Victor Appleton
  • Mike tied his horse to the tailboard of a wagon and approached the woodcutters.

    The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones
  • "The tailboard of the waggon is gone, Miss," said the waggoner.

  • The coachman had discovered his unlawful presence on the tailboard and had reached him with just the tip end of his whip.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • The horses which had brought it there were tied to a hitching post a little way off, and a man stood in the back by the tailboard.

    Half-Past Seven Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • But a cheery voice reassured us, and Gualterios beaming face peered in over the tailboard.

    Vistas in Sicily Arthur Stanley Riggs
  • One of his comrades, seated on the tailboard of the wagon, had discerned a significance in the abrupt silence.

    His Unquiet Ghost Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • Bruce sprang upon the tailboard to ride, the dogs chased the cow and calf to the crossing.

    Who Crosses Storm Mountain? Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • With a sudden spring from the tailboard of the wagon Bruce Gilhooley reached the yoke, fiercely goading the oxen onward.

    Who Crosses Storm Mountain? Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
British Dictionary definitions for tailboard

tailboard

/ˈteɪlˌbɔːd/
noun
1.
a board at the rear of a lorry, wagon, etc, that can be removed or let down on a hinge
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