- Building Trades.gravel, aggregate, etc., failing to pass through a given screen.
- the residue of any product, as in mining; leavings.
Origin of tailing
- sexual intercourse.
- Usually Disparaging and Offensive.a woman considered as a sex object.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of tail1
Examples from the Web for tailing
Contemporary Examples of tailing
Katy Perry was admonished for dressing up as an angel while tailing her grandmother to an event.Melissa Rivers: Life After Joan—A Funny, Moving Celebration on a Special 'Fashion Police'
September 20, 2014
The great irony is when we start to discuss the tailing ponds.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
The result, as George Washington University law professor Orin Kerr puts it, is “the digital equivalent of tailing a suspect.”Welcome to the Age of Unlimited Government!
October 1, 2013
Each day she drove out on deals with one of the Mexicans tailing her in the black Buick and collecting all the money she made.The Devil’s Drug: The True Story of Meth in New Mexico
August 24, 2013
Historical Examples of tailing
We are like a comet, bright at the head but tailing away into mere gas behind.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
Rotten cold it was, too, and me tailing on like a blamed chaperon!The Crevice
William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
Most gruesome invention that ever hit the tailing profession.Legacy
James H Schmitz
The tailing off of the remark was not quite suitable for publication, so I omit it.A Frontier Mystery
And he knew every one of them and sang them all with the tailing of the bag-pipes in the sound.The Dead Men's Song
Champion Ingraham Hitchcock
- the female genitals
- a woman considered sexually (esp in the phrases piece of tail, bit of tail)
- the margin at the foot of a page
- the bottom edge of a book
Word Origin for tail
Word Origin for tail
"limitation of ownership," a legal term, early 14c. in Anglo-French; late 13c. in Anglo-Latin, in most cases a shortened form of entail.
"follow secretly," U.S. colloquial, 1907, is from earlier sense of "follow or drive cattle," from tail (n.1). Related: Tailed; tailing. Tail off "diminish" is attested from 1854.
"hindmost part of an animal," Old English tægl, tægel, from Proto-Germanic *tagla- (cf. Old High German zagal, German Zagel "tail," dialectal German Zagel "penis," Old Norse tagl "horse's tail"), from PIE *doklos, from root *dek- "something long and thin" (referring to such things as fringe, lock of hair, horsetail; cf. Old Irish dual "lock of hair," Sanskrit dasah "fringe, wick"). The primary sense, at least in Germanic, seems to have been "hairy tail," or just "tuft of hair," but already in Old English the word was applied to the hairless "tails" of worms, bees, etc. Another Old English word for "tail" was steort (see stark).
Meaning "reverse side of a coin" is from 1680s; that of "backside of a person, buttocks" is recorded from c.1300; slang sense of "pudenda" is from mid-14c.; that of "woman as sex object" is from 1933, earlier "prostitute" (1846). The tail-race (1776) is the part of a mill race below the wheel. To turn tail "take flight" (1580s) originally was a term in falconry. The image of the tail wagging the dog is attested from 1907.
In addition to the idioms beginning with tail
- tail between one's legs, with one's
- tail end
- tail off
- tail wagging the dog, the
- bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
- can't make head or tail of
- get off one's tail
- heads or tails
- in two shakes (of a lamb's tail)
- on someone's coattails
- tiger by the tail
- turn tail
- work one's fingers to the bone (tail off)