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1tail/ˈteɪl/noun
pluraltails
1tail
/ˈteɪl/
noun
pluraltails
Learner's definition of TAIL  
[count]  : the part of an animal's body that extends from the animal's back end
— see pictures at bird, horse
[count] 
: a long piece that extends from the back end or bottom of something
— see also pigtails, ponytail, shirttail
   b  : the back end of an airplane, helicopter, etc.
— see picture at airplane
tails [plural]  : the back side of a coin : the side of a coin that is opposite the side which shows a picture of a person's head — usually used to refer to one of the two choices you can make when a coin is thrown in the air to decide something
— compare 1head 5
tails [plural]  : tailcoat
[singular]informal  : a person (such as a detective) who follows or watches someone

bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

— see bright

not make head or/nor tail of

— see 1head

on someone's tail

informal
: following closely behind someone

the tail wagging the dog

informal
— used to describe a situation in which an important or powerful person, organization, etc., is being controlled by someone or something that is much less important or powerful

turn tail

informal
: to turn around and run away from danger, trouble, etc.

with your tail between your legs

: with a feeling of being embarrassed or ashamed especially because you have been defeated

— tailless

/ˈteɪlləs/adjective
2tail/ˈteɪl/verb
tailstailedtailing
2tail
/ˈteɪl/
verb
tailstailedtailing
Learner's definition of TAIL  
[+ object]informal  : to follow (someone) closely
always followed by an adverb or preposition[no object]  : to move in a line that is not straight

tail back

[phrasal verb]British, of vehicles
: to form a line that moves slowly or not at all because of heavy traffic, an accident, etc.
— see also tailback 2

tail off

[phrasal verb]
: to become smaller or quieter in a gradual way
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