One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of vehicles) moving or standing close behind one another, especially in heavy traffic.‘the traffic grinds nose to tail along the road towards Windermere’
- ‘For some reason the number of cars is hugely increased these days - perhaps there are roadworks on one of the other possible routes - so that for about a quarter of a mile they were nose to tail back up the hill.’
- ‘During working hours every yard of residential street frontage within a quarter of a mile of Caroline Square is parked up with cars nose to tail.’
- ‘Normally it's nose to tail and covering nine miles in an hour is no certainty but on Saturday the traffic is freeflowing, even on the direct routes into the centre.’
- ‘Sometimes I have to park on the main road and at other times I can't get out because cars are parked nose to tail.’
- ‘The traffic is nose to tail from 6.30 am till midnight.’
- ‘The only time I enjoy coming into work is when the traffic is nose to tail from the Bridge and I have brought the motorbike into work.’
- ‘According to today's Standard ‘about 10 million motorists are expected on the roads, leaving main routes from London nose to tail with traffic’.’
- ‘It's been nose to tail across this part of the city.’
- ‘Cars, nose to tail, parked down both sides of a main road, in and out of Bradford, are a cause for serious concern.’
- ‘On Windsor Road it can be nose to tail traffic.’
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