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"tail" in British English

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tailnoun [C]

uk   /teɪl/ us   /teɪl/
  • tail noun [C] (ANIMAL)

B2 a part of an animal's body, sticking out from the base of the back, or something similar in shape or position: The dog wagged its tail excitedly.

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  • tail noun [C] (JACKET)

tails [plural]
a tailcoat
  • tail noun [C] (BOTTOM)

US tail someone's bottom: You've just got to get off your tail and start looking for a job.
  • tail noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

specialized language a phrase that is placed at the end of a sentence and refers to something mentioned in the sentence
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tailverb [T]

uk   /teɪl/ us   /teɪl/
(Definition of tail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tailnoun [C]

us   /teɪl/
  • tail noun [C] (BODY PART)

a part of the body of an animal attached to the base of the back, or something similar in shape or position: The dog greeted us, wagging its tail. The comet’s tail glowed in the night sky.
  • tail noun [C] (PERSON WHO FOLLOWS)

infml someone who secretly follows and watches another person: Police put a tail on the suspect as he left the airport.

tailverb [T]

us   /teɪl/ infml
  • tail verb [T] (FOLLOW)

to secretly follow and watch someone: FBI agents tailed him for a month.
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(Definition of tail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tail”
in Korean 꼬리…
in Arabic ذَيْل, ذَنَب…
in Malaysian ekor…
in French queue…
in Russian хвост, конец…
in Chinese (Traditional) 動物, 尾巴, 尾狀物…
in Italian coda…
in Turkish kuyruk, uç kısım…
in Polish ogon…
in Spanish cola…
in Vietnamese đuôi, phần đuôi…
in Portuguese rabo, cauda…
in Thai หาง (สัตว์), ส่วนท้าย (เครื่องบิน, เรือ)…
in German der Schwanz…
in Catalan cua…
in Japanese しっぽ, 尾…
in Chinese (Simplified) 动物, 尾巴, 尾状物…
in Indonesian ekor…
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