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Noun: tailgate  'teyl,geyt
  1. A gate at the rear of a vehicle; can be lowered for loading
    - tailboard [Brit]
Verb: tailgate  'teyl,geyt
Usage: N. Amer
  1. Follow at a dangerously close distance
    "it is dangerous to tailgate another vehicle"
Noun: tail gate  'teyl,geyt
  1. A gate downstream from a lock or canal that is used to control the flow of water at the lower end

Derived forms: tail gates, tailgates, tailgating, tailgated

Type of: follow, gate

Part of: beach waggon [Cdn, Austral, NZ], beach wagon [N. Amer, Austral, NZ], estate [Brit], estate car [Brit, Cdn], lorry [Brit], motortruck [N. Amer], station waggon [N. Amer, Austral, NZ], station wagon [N. Amer, Austral, NZ], truck, waggon [Cdn, Austral, NZ], wagon [N. Amer, Austral, NZ]

Encyclopedia: Tailgate

Tail gate