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Synonyms for tail

follow

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on someone's tail

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  • close behind someone
  • hard on someone's heels
  • following someone closely
  • tailing someone

turn tail

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Synonyms for tail

the hindmost part of something

something that follows or is drawn along behind

an agent assigned to observe and report on another

to keep (another) under surveillance by moving along behind

tail away: to grow or cause to grow gradually less

Synonyms for tail

the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body

the time of the last part of something

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any projection that resembles the tail of an animal

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a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements

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(usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head

the rear part of a ship

remove or shorten the tail of an animal

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remove the stalk of fruits or berries

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References in classic literature ?
A freshgathered cow's tail lay on the floor, and by its side two pieces of black velvet-~y black velvet-rudely hacked into the semblance of masks.
The review ended in a glorious chase across the plain - batteries thundering after cavalry to the huge disgust of the White Hussars, and the Tyneside Tail Twisters hunting a Sikh Regiment till the lean, lathy Singhs panted with exhaustion.
I crossed the tail of Sirhind, the waterless, before I could find the set of the little rivers that flow Gungaward.
Then the fox stretched out his tail, and so away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled again.
Great tails lashed in frenzied anger about us, razor-like talons cut our limbs and bodies, and a green and sticky syrup, such as oozes from a crushed caterpillar, smeared us from head to foot, for every cut and thrust of our longswords brought spurts of this stuff upon us from the severed arteries of the plant men, through which it courses in its sluggish viscidity in lieu of blood.
I--I want three hairs from the tip of your tail," said Ojo, with some hesitation.
And so I raced on toward the trees intending to pass beneath that which held the man-things and take refuge in another farther on; but the wolf-dogs were very close behind me--so close that I had despaired of escaping them, when one of the creatures in the tree above swung down headforemost, his tail looped about a great limb, and grasping me beneath my armpits swung me in safety up among his fellows.
I had been calling Nobs in the meantime and was about to set out in search of him, fearing, to tell the truth, to do so lest I find him mangled and dead among the trees of the acacia grove, when he suddenly emerged from among the boles, his ears flattened, his tail between his legs and his body screwed into a suppliant S.
Instantly, always a gentleman, Jerry smiled with flattened ears of courtesy, wagged his tail, and approached.
As suddenly released, with thumping tail and dancing eyes, Michael gazed up into the god's face.
In his youth One Eye had once sniffed too near a similar, apparently inert ball of quills, and had the tail flick out suddenly in his face.
said the British Lion, yawning; "the swivel in my tail needs a few drops of oil, that is all.
been but slightly modified, was that of the tail of a subdued dog, and
intermedia of Strickland, having it bluish); the tail has a terminal dark bar, with the bases of the outer feathers externally edged with white; the wings have two black bars; some semi-domestic breeds and some apparently truly wild breeds have, besides the two black bars, the wings chequered with black.
An immense Serpent lay stretched across the road--a Serpent with a bright green skin, fiery eyes which glowed and burned, and a pointed tail that smoked like a chimney.