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English definition of “tailgate”


verb [I or T]     /ˈteɪl.ɡeɪt/ mainly US disapproving
to drive too closely behind the vehicle in front PursuingDriving and operating road vehiclesCloseness in distance and timeAbout to happen tailgating     /-ɡeɪ.tɪŋ/ US  /-ɡeɪ.t̬ɪŋ/ noun [U]
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