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The metal door that opens downwards found at the back of trucks and other vehicles. Tailgates facilitate the loading and unloading of vehicles, but also provide an impromptu bench or work space when the situation calls, for example during tailgate parties or when working out in the field.

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"Tailgate of a 1956 Station Wagon" by Randy von Liski is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND.

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