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shirttail

[ shurt-teyl ]
/ ˈʃɜrtˌteɪl /
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noun

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).

adjective

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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Origin of shirttail

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; shirt + tail1
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British Dictionary definitions for shirttail

shirt-tail

noun

the part of a shirt that extends below the waist
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