[ shurt-teyl ]
/ ˈʃɜrtˌteɪl /


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.

Origin of shirttail

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; shirt + tail1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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