1. to drive a car closely (too closely) behind the one in front; thus tailgating n.
|AS XXX:2 94: TAILGATING, ger. Driving too closely behind the vehicle ahead.‘Truck Drivers’ Language’ in|
|Picture Palace 44: In the car, tailgating some retired gent.|
|Christine 58: I goosed the accelerator again, and this time I almost tailgated Arnie.|
|Cause of Death (1997) 274: This person’s been tailgating me for the better part of the day.|
2. also in fig. use, to follow, esp. of things that are endlessly repetitive.
|Times Lit. Supp. 20 May 618/3: Pictures tailgate each other, wall to wall, and floor to ceiling, in the authentic eighteenth-century manner .|
|Curvy Lovebox 111: The three Shitskys are behind him tailgatin’ right up his ass.|
3. (US campus) to watch women passing by.
|Keepers of Truth 75: Driving onto campuses [...] in his fancy car, tailgating and picking up women.|