tail (noun, verb) past tense: tailed LISTEN
A tail is the back part of an animal.
- Dogs wag their tails when they are happy or excited.
- When the whale dove into the water, all you could see was its tail.
A tail is also the side of a coin that does not have a face.
- When the referee flipped a coin to see who would go first, our team chose tails.
Tail also means ‘to follow in order to observe or prevent escape.’
- The detective tailed the suspect to his victim's home.
with his tail between his legs: completely humiliated. Example: “After losing the race to his younger brother, Tom went home with his tail between his legs.”
Did you know?
“Pin the Tail on the Donkey” is a game that little children play at birthday parties. Watch this little girl play. Do you think she is cheating?
tail coat: a formal man’s jacket with two long pieces in the back, resembling a tail. Example: “It was a formal wedding, The groom wore a tail coat.”
In pop culture
Watch (and dance to, if you like) this scene from The Blues Brothers where Ray Charles sings “Shake Your Tail Feather.”
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