the back of something, as distinguished from the front:
The porch is at the rear of the house.
the space or position behind something:
The bus driver asked the passengers to move to the rear.
the buttocks; rump.
the hindmost portion of an army, fleet, etc.
pertaining to or situated at the rear of something:
the rear door of a bus.
bring up the rear, to be at the end; follow behind:
The army retreated, and the fleeing civilian population brought up the rear.
the back or hind part
the area or position that lies at the back: a garden at the rear of the house
the section of a military force or procession farthest from the front
the buttocks See buttock
bring up the rear, to be at the back in a procession, race, etc
in the rear, at the back
(modifier) of or in the rear: the rear legs, the rear side
(transitive) to care for and educate (children) until maturity; bring up; raise
(transitive) to breed (animals) or grow (plants)
(transitive) to place or lift (a ladder, etc) upright
(transitive) to erect (a monument, building, etc); put up
(intransitive) often foll by up. (esp of horses) to lift the front legs in the air and stand nearly upright
(intransitive; often foll by up or over) (esp of tall buildings) to rise high; tower
(intransitive) to start with anger, resentment, etc
Be last in a line or sequence, as in As a slow walker, I’m used to bringing up the rear, or In test results Tom always brought up the rear. This term almost certainly came from the military but the earliest citation given by the Oxford English Dictionary is from a 1643 religious treatise by Sir Thomas Browne: “My desires onely are . . . to be but the last man, and bring up the Rere in Heaven.”
rear its ugly head
Convey information up to the present; also, make one aware of or conform to new ideas, improvements, or styles. For example, Bring me up to date on the test results, or We’ve been bringing Grandma up to date with a little makeup and some new clothes. The term up to date comes from bookkeeping, where […]
bring x to its knees
noun (Brit & NZ) an informal sale, often conducted for charity, to which people bring items for sale and buy those that others have brought
a disappointment or disillusionment; letdown: It was quite a bringdown to find myself running last in the mayoral race. anything, as a cutting remark or critical action, that causes depression or deflates one’s ego; a put-down. : a bringdown scene : that bringdown face A cutting rebuke or comment; a deflation: Polite applause is a […]