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[sil-ver-teyl] /ˈsɪl vərˌteɪl/
noun, Australia and New Zealand Informal.
a person of affluence or influence.
Origin of silvertail
First recorded in 1895-1900; silver + tail1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for silvertail
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  • You're a lad of penetration, Bill; now saddle me silvertail as fast as you can.

    Matilda Montgomerie Major (John) Richardson
  • The most forgetful squirrel in the wood was called silvertail.

    The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes Beatrix Potter
  • "Why to saddle silvertail, to be sure," said the youth, who was just closing the door for that purpose.

    Matilda Montgomerie Major (John) Richardson
  • I didn't relish the task very well, as I was rather cold, and old silvertail was full of his mischief.

    Wreaths of Friendship

    T. S. Arthur and F. C. Woodworth
  • Lollypop and silvertail got well away, but the young horse merely pawed the air.

    Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
  • silvertail, clinging gamely to her leader, brushed through the fence and pecked heavily on landing.

    Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
  • Boy tapped silvertail with such an increase of emphasis that the old mare snatched resentfully at her bit.

    Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
  • He was on Heart of Oak, she high above him, perched like a bird on tall old silvertail, who looked like a spinster and was one.

    Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
  • Scarcely was the thought conceived, before silvertail was again at full career, and on his way to the inn.

    Matilda Montgomerie Major (John) Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for silvertail


(Austral, informal) a rich and influential person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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