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long tail

  1. commerce the segment of a market representing the large number of products that sell in small quantities, considered by some to be of greater financial value than the few products that sell in very large quantities
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Word Origin

C21: from the appearance of typical sales patterns on a graph
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Historical Examples

  • Ay, that I will, come cut and long-tail, under the degree of a squire.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor

    William Shakespeare

  • Nobody else knows where half of these new places are, with long-tail names.

    Ned, the son of Webb

    William O. Stoddard

  • To-day Uncle Dave was out, dressed in his long-tail jeans frock suit with high standing collar and big black stock.

    The Bishop of Cottontown

    John Trotwood Moore

  • It came so close to Valentine that if he had had on a long-tail coat, I believe it would have been tangled in the whirlwind.

  • There is not a salesman in any shop on Piccadilly who does not, in the season, wear a long-tail coat.