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shavetail

noun shave·tail \ˈshāv-ˌtāl\

Definition of SHAVETAIL

1
:  a pack mule especially when newly broken in
2
usually disparaging :  second lieutenant

Origin of SHAVETAIL

from the practice of shaving the tails of newly broken mules to distinguish them from seasoned ones
First Known Use: 1846

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