Look out for your rat-tail, Jimsey, or that yere purple necktie will bite the dust, as they say in the storybooks.
The rat-tail, which extended down the back of the bowl, was shortened into a drop.
Old tin cans, bottles, dusty fruit jars, and piles of rat-tail cotton from gutted mattresses littered the place.
It looks like a rat-tail file, but smokes better, some think.
rat-tail files of good quality, costing about twenty cents each at the hardware-stores, are excellent for the purpose.
We found the cargo to consist of 5,000 rat-tail files, of different sizes and descriptions.
It was laconic, but it sounded like a rat-tail file on steel.
Every fifth man carried a number of rat-tail files, which were to be driven into the vents of the cannon, and then broken off.
From the end of the handle, down the back of the bowl to about the middle, ran a ridge shaped like a rat-tail.
The new style was sometimes dubbed the "rat-tail spoon," in derisive comment upon its long and slender handle.