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long tail

(commerce) the segment of a market representing the large number of products that sell in small quantities, considered by some to be of greater financial value than the few products that sell in very large quantities
Word Origin
C21: from the appearance of typical sales patterns on a graph
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  • He would curl his long tail about a branch, and swing to and fro with manifest enjoyment.

  • The commonest is yellow with a long tail of the same colour.

    The Mate of the Lily W. H. G. Kingston
  • With its head lower than its shoulders, and its long tail twitching, it slouched down the path, treading as softly as a kitten.

  • His paws were pink and his long tail was covered with the finest of hairs.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • Betty's cat, with arched back and long tail, brushed slowly past his knee.

    Betty Grier Joseph Waugh
  • It was reddish brown with a long tail, and I recognized the female chewink.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • His feet were tiny, but there were four of them, and his long tail dragged after him.

    Among the Night People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • All dark and white he is, looking like a pale and tiny magpie, with a long tail.

    Pond and Stream Arthur Ransome
  • I have long tail an' long ear an' a very tall foot too, an' you a little bit a Toad.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll

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