from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hinged board or closure at the rear of a vehicle, such as a pick-up truck, that can be lowered during loading and unloading. Also called tailboard.
- n. One of the pair of gates downstream in a canal lock.
- transitive v. To drive so closely behind (another vehicle) that one cannot stop or swerve with ease in an emergency.
- transitive v. Slang To follow closely behind (another person), as in gaining access to an area requiring the use of an electronic identification card.
- intransitive v. To follow another vehicle too closely.
- intransitive v. To participate in a picnic that is served from the tailgate of a vehicle, as before a sports event.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hinged board or hatch at the rear of a vehicle that can be lowered for loading and unloading; a tailboard.
- n. The hinged rear door of a hatchback.
- n. Either of the downstream gates in a canal lock.
- v. To drive dangerously close behind another vehicle
- v. To follow another person through access control on their access, rather than on one’s own credentials. Especially when entering a door controlled by a card reader.
- v. (of a broker) To privately purchase or sell a security immediately after trading in the same security for a client.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a gate at the rear of a vehicle; can be lowered for loading
- v. follow at a dangerously close distance
My tailgate is always up with a dead animal in the back.
With months to go in tailgate season, if you are decked out from head-to-toe in team regalia but feel there’s still something missing, maybe what you need is a gargantuan rig shaped exactly like a football.
"It's an honor to be invited into someone's home to eat, and the tailgate is the home brought to the parking lot," he says.
In our Road Test of the crossover SUV, we noted that “many testers complained about the tailgate, which is awkward to grasp and heavy to lift and lower.”
A tailgate is a precursor to the big game, so organize one.
The tailgate is our last stand before we head to the game later, but we're looking sharp and the food is solid.
Its mainstay is fall and the football season, when cornhole is also known as "tailgate toss" a name that might sound better to folks who prefer to avoid the rude double entendre.
This week's App Smart column identified new apps that help people maximize their success in an activity largely dominated by carnivores - namely the tailgate party.
If you're cruising in your crossover and hear an oddly familiar "Beep-Beep" from behind, but all you'll can see in the mirror of the car tucked under your tailgate is a black vinyl roof framed by what looks like flattened orange road cones bridged by a thin fibreglass blade, hold onto your steering wheel, that ain't no cartoon Road Runner looking for a way to blow by.
The new one-hand operation of the tailgate is a further practical detail that enhances comfort.
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