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shavetail

[sheyv-teyl]
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noun Slang.
  1. U.S. Army. a second lieutenant.
  2. a young, newly broken mule.
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Origin of shavetail

1840–50, Americanism; shave + tail1; orig. in reference to unbroken army mules, whose tails were shaved for identification
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