What does "take up the rear" mean? and what does "plain-jane" refer to?
To "take up the rear/bring up the rear" means to be at the end of a line or to move along behind everyone else. "Plain Jane" is a derogatory slang expression meaning a boring and unattractive girl. Ex. She was a plain Jane and unpopular in school. Ex. I'll bring up the rear, everyone else lines up in front of me.
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