Definition of nose to tail in US English:

nose to tail


  • (of vehicles) moving or standing close behind one another, especially in heavy traffic.

    • ‘The traffic is nose to tail from 6.30 am till midnight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’