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noun [C] uk   /ˈteɪl.ɡeɪt/ US ( UK tailboard) us  
the door or board at the back of a vehicle that can be brought down to put in goods


verb [I or T] uk   /ˈteɪl.ɡeɪt/ mainly US disapproving us  
to drive too closely behind the vehicle in front
noun [U] uk   /-ɡeɪ.tɪŋ/ us    /-ɡeɪ.t̬ɪŋ/
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