Definition of tailpiece in English:



  • 1A part added to the end of a story or piece of writing.

    ‘there was a tailpiece to the article’
    • ‘Then comes the tailpiece, ‘If you must drink, do not drive afterwards’.’
    • ‘The tailpiece declared what should be the objective of the court when exercising the statutory powers to make financial provision orders and property adjustment orders.’
    • ‘Wednesday's tailpiece about the motor mower that had been out of action for awhile and the exasperated wife trying to shame her husband by cutting the lawn with nail scissors, struck a chord.’
    • ‘He often used to tell people that readers were more likely to remember the tailpiece than the front page headlines, and they would agree.’
    • ‘Note from ‘King’ Charles yesterday (he's one of my readers, and he's from King William's Town, hence the royal title, who supplies the odd tailpiece or three - odd as in once in a while, not strange).’
    • ‘This tailpiece was later deleted from the legislation, and nothing inserted in its place.’
    • ‘And what is entailed by that tailpiece other than a touch of question begging?’
    • ‘Bessie Howard is now in a retirement home in Johannesburg and the tailpiece, together with this story, will be going to her.’
    • ‘I enjoyed your tailpiece about the child born without ears.’
    • ‘The tailpiece makes a limited exception to that principle in the cases in which it applies.’
    • ‘The positioning of A Lover's Complaint as the tailpiece to the sequence - itself convincingly dated to around 1603-4 - suggests that Shakespeare finished assembling the collection at around that time.’
    • ‘And as a tailpiece, Padma Lakshmi, Rushdie's muse of many years now, has revealed that she often has disagreements with her husband about her numerous pairs of shoes.’
    • ‘Once he had decided not to publish his physics, the Treatise on Man, which Descartes had intended as a kind of tailpiece to The World, had also to be put on one side.’
    • ‘A ‘curtal [shortened] sonnet’ (G.M. Hopkins) consists of a sestet followed by a quatrain and a half-line tailpiece.’
    • ‘As Nitin points out, his tailpiece was really nice.’
    • ‘I am surprised that you have not included something in your Chiel tailpiece about the humorous story that the public were satisfied with municipal services.’
    • ‘Mind you… this to all Chiel correspondents… don't stop the jokes coming; a lot are very useful in this column as tailpieces and filler stories.’
    afterword, postscript, ps, coda, codicil, appendix, supplement, addendum, postlude, rider, back matter
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    1. 1.1 A small decorative design at the foot of a page or the end of a chapter or book.
      • ‘Bewick's small drawings, called ‘tailpieces ' were referred to humorously by him as ‘talepieces', as he said they were ‘seldom without an endeavour to illustrate some truth or point moral’.’
      protuberance, projection, extremity, limb, organ
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  • 2The piece at the base of a violin or other stringed instrument to which the strings are attached.

    • ‘The fingerboard and tailpiece are now usually of ebony (boxwood was formerly used) Just within the margins of belly and back, a groove in the wood is filled with ‘purfling’: thin strips of some other wood, contrasting in colour and pattern.’
    • ‘The strings had snapped, the fingerboard was half off, the ornate bridge had shattered and the tailpiece had fallen off.’
    • ‘The internal block at the bottom holds the tail button to which the tailpiece (which holds the strings) is hitched.’
    hindmost part, back end, appendage
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