Definition of Tailgate

1. Noun. A gate at the rear of a vehicle; can be lowered for loading.

Exact synonyms: Tailboard
Group relationships: Beach Waggon, Beach Wagon, Estate Car, Station Waggon, Station Wagon, Waggon, Wagon, Motortruck, Truck
Generic synonyms: Gate



2. Verb. Follow at a dangerously close distance. "These cars won't tailgate "; "It is dangerous to tailgate another vehicle"
Generic synonyms: Follow
Derivative terms: Tailgater

Definition of Tailgate

1. Noun. A hinged board or hatch at the rear of a vehicle that can be lowered for loading and unloading; a tailboard. ¹

2. Noun. (British) The hinged rear door of a hatchback. ¹

3. Noun. Either of the downstream gates in a canal lock. (rfex) ¹

4. Verb. (automotive) To drive dangerously close behind another vehicle ¹

5. Verb. 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. ¹

6. Verb. (finance) (qualifier of a broker) To privately purchase or sell a security immediately after trading in the same security for a client. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tailgate

1. to drive dangerously close behind another vehicle [v -GATED, -GATING, -GATES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tailgate

tailed frog
tailed phage
tailed toad
tailedness
tailender
tailenders
tailer
taileron
tailerons
tailers
tailfan
tailfans
tailfin
tailfins
tailflower
tailgate (current term)
tailgate-party
tailgate parties
tailgate party
tailgated
tailgater
tailgaters
tailgates
tailgating
tailgut
tailhead
tailheads
tailings
taillamp

Literary usage of Tailgate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Handbook of Construction Equipment: Its Cost and Use by Richard Turner Dana (1921)
"A slope of 50% which gives a tailgate height of about 5% ft. is suitable for a clean dump of any adhesive material. Hoist for Dump Bodies. ..."

2. Adventure Guide to Guatemala by Shelagh McNally (2003)
"There is no driver's education here, so there are plenty of bad drivers who don't use signals, tailgate and weave in and out of traffic. ..."

3. Handbook of Construction Equipment: Its Cost and Use by Richard Turner Dana (1921)
"A slope of 50% which gives a tailgate height of about 5% ft. is suitable for a clean dump of any adhesive material. Hoist for Dump Bodies. ..."

4. Adventure Guide to Guatemala by Shelagh McNally (2003)
"There is no driver's education here, so there are plenty of bad drivers who don't use signals, tailgate and weave in and out of traffic. ..."

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