tail end

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tail end the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on "he deserves a good kick in the butt","are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
    • n tail end any projection that resembles the tail of an animal
    • n tail end the time of the last part of something "the fag end of this crisis-ridden century","the tail of the storm"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tail end the latter end; the termination; as, the tail end of a contest.
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Usage

In literature:

They were not quite beyond the influence of the eddy when they reached the end of the tail.
"The Walrus Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
She became restless under it, and wiped her forehead uneasily with the flap at the end of her tail.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
He came at the tail-end of a very large family.
"Personal Reminiscences in Book Making" by R.M. Ballantyne
In the end it killed the "canard" or "tail-first" design.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
At the tail end are two flaps to help it swim.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
The tail is small in circumference, flattened at the end, and has thick, stiff bristles at the extremity.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
I took my place at the tail-end of the line, and every newcomer fell in behind me.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
One day toward the end of the summer Flat Tail had a narrow escape.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
We remained in the square and saw the tail-end of their mess cart.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
It was torpedo-shaped, or something with a nucleus, at each end of which was a tail.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
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In poetry:

Not like to him that, in past years,
Won fight by fight, and scattered
Whole tribes of dogs with rags of ears
And tail-ends torn and tattered.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
There's a dirty, low-down drunkard, who has wronged a painted doll
With a bullet in the tail-end of his spine
There's a woman with a broken heart, and dislocated neck
Who paints her housemaid's knees with iodine.
"The Dampoor Express" by Billy Bennett
Where is the end of them, the fishermen sailing
Into the wind's tail, where the fog cowers?
We cannot think of a time that is oceanless
Or of an ocean not littered with wastage
Or of a future that is not liable
Like the past, to have no destination.
"Four Quartets 3: The Dry Salvages" by T S Eliot

In news:

Production began in 1988, at the tail end of what is now considered the golden age of Hungarian animation .
The Tail End Sandwich at The Commissary .
Just 17 when he enlisted in the Marine Corps in March of 1945, Kilmer got in on the tail end of the war, although no one knew that at the time, of course.
With the early start of school these days, it's more like the tail end, so if you haven't been on vacation yet, you'd better light out soon or forever hold your peace.
Connecting Mozart to Adele to Britney, catch the tail end of their current run in New York this weekend.
Mayor Joseph M Petty, who was elected to City Council at the tail end of Mr O'Keefe's tenure , praised him for his dedication to public service during most of his life.
At the tail end of a contentious debate in Santa Clarita this month, Rep Howard "Buck" McKeon threw out a new attack against Democratic challenger Lee Rogers.
Hoping for a 'Tail Wagging ' Ending.
Nick is at the tail end of another WGN Nick D marathon.
We are at the tail end of a Nor'easter here in RI today.
Phillips What Happens When You're the Tail End of the Elephant .
As someone born in the late 80?s, I'm just old enough to have caught the tail end of arcades at their peak.
Otherwise that would have been the tail end of this sorry tale.
Persona 4 was originally released on the PlayStation 2 in 2008 during the tail end of the console's life cycle.
When Martha Raddatz finally got around to asking Joe Biden and Paul Ryan to speak about abortion, at the tail end of the vice-presidential debate last night, she disappointed some by asking them to speak about the issue " personally ".
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In science:

The fine section sitting directly behind the hadron calorimeter and having the same longitudinal segmentation as the HCAL, provides a detailed measurement of the tail-end of the hadron showers.
Calorimetry for Lepton Collider Experiments - CALICE results and activities
For the weak-field case with µ30 = 10−3 , we find that the high-energy end of the electron spectra are always truncated with respect to a thermal distribution due to strong Compton losses, rather than developing a non-thermal tail.
Monte-Carlo simulations of thermal/nonthermal radiation from a neutron-star magnetospheric accretion shell
Since the tail is still detectable at the end of our observations, we quote a lower limit of &3.5 ksec for the tail duration.
An Extended Burst Tail from SGR 1900+14 with a Thermal X-ray Spectrum
During the subsequent orbit, the count rate was consistent with the pre-burst background, thus we estimate the duration of this tail to be ∼8 ksec, or the end of the last orbit in which the tail was detected.
An Extended Burst Tail from SGR 1900+14 with a Thermal X-ray Spectrum
The spectrum shortward of Lyα also provides evidence for a Gunn-Peterson trough, suggesting the tail end of reionization occurred a little above a redshift of six.
Coevolution of Black Holes and Galaxies: Conference Summary
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