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Pronunciation: /teɪl/

Translation of tail in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 countable/numerable (of horse, fish, bird) cola (feminine); (of dog, pig) rabo (masculine), cola (feminine) to be on sb's tail pisarle los talones a algn, seguir* a algn de cerca they've been on our tail since we left nos vienen pisando los talones desde que salimos to turn tail poner* pies en polvorosa with one's tail between one's legs con el rabo entre las piernas, con la cola entre las patas (Mexico/México) to chase one's (own) tail [colloquial/familiar] ir* y venir de un lado para otro sin conseguir nada
    Example sentences
    • Lastly, all chordates have a post-anal tail, or extension of the notochord and nerve cord past the anus.
    • The tail, like the rest of the body, had no internal skeleton and was reinforced only by lines of scales.
    • During the acupuncture stimulation, animals were kept in plastic holders with their tails and hind legs protruding out.
    1.2 countable/numerable [colloquial/familiar] (buttocks) trasero (masculine) [colloquial/familiar], cola (feminine) (Latin America/América Latina) [colloquial/familiar], pompis (masculine) (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • Then again Jack had a reason to drive evasively; even if he hadn't detected a tail, which was likely.
    • In a scene right out of The Sopranos, a tail followed a BFI truck out of the Lincoln Tunnel one evening and nearly ran it off the road in New Jersey.
    Example sentences
    • An honest man would have packed his bags, hopped in his truck, and hauled tail out of that place a long time ago.
    1.3 uncountable/no numerable (American English/inglés norteamericano) [vulgar] (woman) he's after some tail anda buscando un polvo [slang/argot]
  • 2 countable/numerable (of plane, comet, kite) cola (feminine); (of shirt, coat) faldón (masculine) (before noun/delante del nombre) tail section (of animal) parte (feminine) de la cola (of aircraft) sección (feminine) de la cola, alerón (masculine) de cola see also tails 1
    Example sentences
    • Use the rudder to keep the tail right behind the nose, independent of what you're doing with the ailerons.
    • The tail unit comprises all-moving horizontal tail surfaces and a single-fin vertical tail fitted with a rudder.
    • Before departing they are instructed to try and photograph identification numbers or aircraft tails, if possible, and bring back the evidence.
    Example sentences
    • The tail of his shirt and parts of his pants and underpants were burned.
    • Nicanor wore a multicolored striped oxford shirt with the tails tied at his waist.
    • While she had been reading, he had unbuttoned the dark green cotton shirt and untucked the tails from his jeans.
    Example sentences
    • It is this solar wind - seen only in comet tails - that carries storms from the Sun to Earth.
    • The refrigerator-sized satellite will collect dust particles from the tail of comet Wild 2 as the two pass each other on Friday morning.
    • They noted that comets had two tails - one of dust, one of ions - and only the dust tail could be explained by the pressure of sunlight pushing against the comet.
  • 3 countable/numerable (pursuer) [colloquial/familiar] perseguidor, (masculine, feminine) to put a tail on sb hacer* seguir a algn

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (follow) [suspect] seguir* he was tailing me me venía siguiendo (los pasos) are you sure you haven't been tailed? ¿seguro que no te han seguido? 1.2 [Cookery/Cocina] top and tail

Phrasal verbs

tail away

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
1.1 (diminish) [income] ir* disminuyendo or mermando; [interest] ir* decayendo 1.2 (fade) [sound/voice] irse* apagando

tail back

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (British English/inglés británico)
traffic is tailing back from the centre hay una cola de tráfico or una caravana de coches que se extiende desde el centro

tail off

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
1.1 (diminish) [demand] disminuir*, mermar; [interest] decaer* 1.2 (fade) [sound/words] apagarse*

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