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English definition of “bring up the rear”

bring up the rear

to be at the back of a group that is going somewhere: You two go ahead - Sam and I'll bring up the rear.PursuingAfter and behindBefore, after and already
(Definition of bring up the rear from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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