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[boo sh-ee-teyld] /ˈbʊʃ iˌteɪld/
bright-eyed (def 3).
Origin of bushy-tailed
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This is commonly called the bushy-tailed rat but is designated Neotoma Cinera Orelestes by the zoologist.

    Little Pills, An Army Story Robert Henderson McKay
  • Mahmoud obtained a fox, which was his first mammal, saving a bushy-tailed rat.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • It looked to him like a sharp-nosed, bushy-tailed yellow dog—a very savage and active one.

    The Secret Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • There is a long gamut between the bushy-tailed, almost squirrel-like marmosets and the big-brained chimpanzee.

  • Was it some one who had watched the swift, sure-footed spring of a bushy-tailed squirrel from branch to branch?

  • He had some fine dogs, too, to run by his side, and help him hunt the bushy-tailed foxes.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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