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1Be at the very end of a line of people:‘I made the men walk in front while I brought up the rear’
- ‘The cops cleared the streets in front and brought up the rear, but along the whole enormous length of the demo there wasn't a cop in sight (other than the usual vanloads down side streets).’
- ‘A lone, central defenseman protects the front of the net for his goalie and brings up the rear on the offensive attack.’
- ‘Seán was the first to alight from the car, then came Catriona and I brought up the rear.’
- ‘As representatives from practically every regimental association in the city walked behind the gun carriage, the newspaper vendors, many of them disabled ex-servicemen, brought up the rear.’
- ‘Now the Chief Minister goes about escorted by local police personnel, with specially trained security personnel bringing up the rear.’
- ‘One ranger led the tour, and another brought up the rear to catch stragglers.’
- ‘A line of dusty, panting dogs, yellow and black, brought up the rear.’
- ‘I brought up the rear as the cloaked man in front of me made his way towards them.’
- ‘The army's central brass band brought up the rear.’
- ‘Two dozen English huntsmen brought up the rear.’
- 1.1 Come last in a race or other contest:‘the investigation into business failures shows Scotland bringing up the rear’
- ‘Solis said he felt confident in his mount, in spite of bringing up the rear through much of the race.’
- ‘Montreal again brought up the rear, this time at $34.2 million.’
- ‘India came 2nd, Korea 3rd, while the young Malaysian team, which lost 6 of their 7 matches, brought up the rear.’
- ‘It's well-known that, in the status race, mothers bring up the rear, ranking equally with the disabled and the elderly.’
- ‘By 1982 then, these were the two superpowers, France always in the reckoning, poor old Ireland bringing up the rear with the Scots.’
- ‘Latvia, Hungary and Estonia brought up the rear of Mercer's survey, which covered 24 countries.’
- ‘Greater Manchester had the second worst record among all British city areas in 2000-01, with London bringing up the rear.’
- ‘Dean has slipped to 9%, with the Connecticut senator and the Ohio congressman bringing up the rear.’
- ‘The Defence Minister was gunning for third and the Sports Minister brought up the rear.’
- ‘England and France are out ahead, Ireland a good third, with the still fledgling Italians bringing up the rear.’
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