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tailgatenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈteɪl.ɡeɪt/ US

tailgateverb

uk   us   /ˈteɪl.ɡeɪt/
[I or T] mainly US disapproving to ​drive too ​closely behind the ​vehicle in ​front [I] US to ​cookfood and have ​drinks out of the back of ​yourcar in the carpark before going in to ​watch a ​game
tailgating
noun [U] uk   /-ɡeɪ.tɪŋ/  us   /-ɡeɪ.t̬ɪŋ/
(Definition of tailgate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tailgate" in American English

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tailgateverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈteɪlˌɡeɪt/
  • tailgate verb [I/T] (DRIVE CLOSE)

to ​follow very ​closely behind another ​vehicle

tailgatenoun [C]

 us   /ˈteɪlˌɡeɪt/
  • tailgate noun [C] (CAR DOOR)

a ​door at the back of a ​vehicle that ​opens down for ​loading
(Definition of tailgate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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