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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR REAR

Two field pieces were disposed in the front and two in the rear line.

Better to strike the rear guard than to feather a shaft in the earth.

At the rear of the house she shook off his arm and preceded him around the building.

So that their bodies might rear up, and no man resist their attack.

One of these should take his position in the rear of the machine, and one at each end.

The same holds good as to minor front or rear displacements.

She had lost a mother who was fine enough to rear Marian to what she is.

There are usually 12 of these, six on the front edge, and six on the rear.

Gliders as a rule have only one rudder, and this is in the rear.

The rear vertical rudder is manipulated by means of a foot lever.

WORD ORIGIN

"hindmost part," c.1600, abstracted from rerewarde "rear guard, hindmost part of an army or fleet" (mid-14c.), from Anglo-French rerewarde, Old French rieregarde, from Old French adverb riere "behind" (from Latin retro "back, behind;" see retro-) + Old French garde (see guard (n.)). Or the word may be a shortened form of arrear (see arrears).

As a euphemism for "buttocks" it is attested from 1796. Rear admiral is first attested 1580s, apparently so called from ranking "behind" an admiral proper. Rear-view (mirror) is recorded from 1926.

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