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British English: /teɪl/
American English: /teɪl/

Translation of tail in French:


  • 2 (end piece) (of aircraft, comet, kite) at the tail of the procession
    à la queue du cortège
  • 3 [informal] (police observer)to put a tail on somebody
    faire filer quelqu'un, prendre quelqu'un en filature

also: tails plural noun

  • 2 (of coin) heads or tails?
    pile ou face?
    tails you win
    pile tu gagnes

transitive verb

  • filer [informal]
    suivre (suspect, car) (to jusqu'à)
    we're being tailed
    on est pris en filature


I can't make head (n)or tail of this

je ne comprends rien du tout à cela
we couldn't make head or tail of his reply
sa réponse n'avait ni queue ni tête

to be on somebody's tail

suivre quelqu'un de près
talonner quelqu'un [informal]

to go off with one's tail between one's legs

partir la queue basse

to turn tail

tourner les talons [pejorative]

Phrasal verbs

tail away

(voice, noise)
her voice tailed away to a whisper
elle a baissé la voix et s'est mise à chuchoter

tail back

(British English) to tail back from
(traffic jam)
remonter de
to tail back to
(traffic jam)
s'étirer jusqu'à
the traffic tails back for miles
le bouchon s'étire sur des kilomètres

tail off

1.1 (reduce)
(percentage, figures, demand)
1.2 (fade)
he tailed off into silence
sa voix s'est éteinte
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