Synonyms of tail in English:



  • 1 the dog's tail
    brush, scut, dock; tail feathers; hindquarters
    the dog's tail
    [Antonyms] head front
  • 2 the tail of the plane
    rear, end, back, extremity; bottom
    the tail of the plane
    [Antonyms] head front
  • 3 the tail of the hunting season
    close, end, conclusion, tail end
    the tail of the hunting season
    [Antonyms] beginning start


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on someone's tail

a police car stayed on his tail close behindfollowing closely(hard) on someone's heels

tail off/away

her voice tailed off fadewaneebbdwindledecreaselessendiminishdeclinesubsideabatedrop offpeter outtaper offlet upease offdie awaydie downcome to an end

turn tail

I was so shocked, I just turned tail run awayfleeboltmake offtake to one's heelscut and runbeat a (hasty) retreat informalscramskedaddlevamoose

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caudal relating to an animal's tail

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