[ shurt-teyl ]
/ ˈʃɜrtˌteɪl /
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the part of a shirt below the waistline.
Journalism. a brief item added at the end of a related newspaper story.Compare follow-up (def. 3b).
quite young and immature in behavior.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. of distant relation, especially by marriage: some shirttail cousins I'd never met.
verb (used with object)
Informal. to append or add (an item) to a discussion or writing: The tariff concessions were shirttailed onto the trade bill.
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How to use shirttail in a sentence
But the weeks passed, and the Shirt-tail battalion was no nearer Cuba, though it was much nearer efficiency for the field.
If the men of the Shirt-tail battalion had feared the dull routine of garrison duty, they were to be pleasantly disappointed.
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.Sea and Sardinia|D. H. Lawrence
He spent half an hour in stealthily tearing a square foot from his shirt-tail; then, weary and sick, went to sleep.The Lord of the Sea|M. P. Shiel
British Dictionary definitions for shirttail
the part of a shirt that extends below the waist
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