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shirttail

[shurt-teyl] /ˈʃɜrtˌteɪl/
noun
1.
the part of a shirt below the waistline.
2.
Journalism. a brief item added at the end of a related newspaper story.
Compare follow-up (def 3b).
adjective
3.
quite young and immature in behavior.
4.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. of distant relation, especially by marriage:
some shirttail cousins I'd never met.
verb (used with object)
5.
Informal. to append or add (an item) to a discussion or writing:
The tariff concessions were shirttailed onto the trade bill.
Origin of shirttail
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; shirt + tail1
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Examples from the Web for shirttail
Historical Examples
  • Tom opened one of the containers of water and dipped his shirttail into it.

    Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell
  • Then Penelope hobbled up and pulled Mark's shirttail out of his trousers.

    You Too Can Be A Millionaire Noel Miller Loomis
Slang definitions & phrases for shirttail

shirttail

adjective

Impoverished; mean; paltry: My brother and I had a pretty shirttail existence as kids (1929+)

noun

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]

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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