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  • n. One who tailgates (drives very close to the person ahead).
  • n. One who participates in a tailgate party.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a driver who follows too closely behind another motor vehicle


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • He points to a tailgater passed out in a trailer more than two hours before the Jets '1 p.m. kickoff Sunday.

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  • But Chris Morreale, 40, a tailgater outside Atlanta's Georgia Dome, says: Definitely we do a lot of drinking.

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  • As the over taker bears down on his quarry he is transmogrified into the tailgater.

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  • While some football towns are upholding the traditions of civilized debauchery — for instance, Ole Miss 's "The Grove" tailgating crowd still brings candelabras, wine goblets and silver for their elaborate University of Mississippi, night-game spreads — the majority of tailgater hubs, if seen from the Goodyear blimp' s view, would appear more frat party than Gatsby.

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  • But anyway, like I said, it was my fault for leaving late and then reacting to the tailgater instead of just ignoring him.

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  • They ate breakfast at the Corner Room, strolled around campus, stopped by an alumni association tailgater, attended the football game, and shared the same hotel room that night as well.

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  • Cars can park themselves and maintain safe following distances, even if you're a chronic tailgater.

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  • Tommy Hilfiger celebrated the 25th year anniversary of his line with a tailgater and short concert performed by the band "Train" outside Macy's department store for Fashion Night Out, Friday.

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  • Kurt Wilberding/The Wall Street Journal Tommy Hilfiger's tailgater festivities ended with a short concert performed by the band "Train."

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  • Kurt Wilberding/The Wall Street Journal With a nod to the tailgater nostalgia, Train ended with a cover from Led Zeppelin.

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