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Origin of tailgate

1
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; tail1 + gate1

Other definitions for tailgate (2 of 2)

tailgate2
[ teyl-geyt ]
/ ˈteɪlˌgeɪt /

noun Jazz.
a style of playing the trombone, especially in Dixieland jazz, distinguished especially by the use of melodic counterpoint and long glissandi.

Origin of tailgate

2
First recorded in 1945–50; so called from the usual seat of trombonists in trucks carrying musicians during a parade
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How to use tailgate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tailgate (1 of 2)

tailgate
/ (ˈteɪlˌɡeɪt) /

noun
another name for tailboard
a door at the rear of a hatchback vehicle
verb
to drive very close behind (a vehicle)

Derived forms of tailgate

tailgater, noun

British Dictionary definitions for tailgate (2 of 2)

tail gate

noun
a gate that is used to control the flow of water at the lower end of a lockCompare head gate
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