He produced a piece of rock from a knot in his shirt-tail and handed it over to her slowly.
And the sexton ran out in the snow, in his shirt-tail, to see what was the matter.
He didn' hab on anything but his shirt an' he say he run so fas' 'til the wind had his shirt-tail stif as a board.
But the weeks passed, and the shirt-tail battalion was no nearer Cuba, though it was much nearer efficiency for the field.
How ridiculous you are, with your big puffy face, and in your shirt-tail!
The shirt-tail battalion and the bluegrass battalion stood in peril of decimation in their maiden engagement.
And then one saw, to one's amazement, that the whole of his shirt-tail was left out behind, like a sort of apron worn backwards.
I dug a quarter out of my pocket and polished it on my shirt-tail, getting the fingerprints off it.
"Good deal like fighting a swarm of bees in your shirt-tail with a willow switch," old Bill panted at my shoulder.
She is the brave woman who broke up, or rather burned up, the gambling den in shirt-tail Bend.
Impoverished; mean; paltry: My brother and I had a pretty shirttail existence as kids (1929+)
An editorial column: The boss blurbed the story in his shirttail (1944+ Newspaper office)
[both senses depend on the shirttail being a short appendage to a shirt; the first sense derives fr the shortness, hence meagerness; the second fr the appendedness, the editor's personal addition]