- 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.
- Informal. to append or add (an item) to a discussion or writing: The tariff concessions were shirttailed onto the trade bill.
Origin of shirttail
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Examples from the Web for shirt-tail
How ridiculous you are, with your big puffy face, and in your shirt-tail!A Chambermaid's Diary
And the sexton ran out in the snow, in his shirt-tail, to see what was the matter.Seven O'Clock Stories
Robert Gordon Anderson
He produced a piece of rock from a knot in his shirt-tail and handed it over to her slowly.Wunpost
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.Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2
Works Projects Administration
But the weeks passed, and the Shirt-tail battalion was no nearer Cuba, though it was much nearer efficiency for the field.The Code of the Mountains
Charles Neville Buck
- the part of a shirt that extends below the waist