shavetail

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noun shave·tail \ˈshāv-ˌtāl\

Definition of shavetail

  1. 1 :  a pack mule especially when newly broken in

  2. 2 usually disparaging :  second lieutenant

Origin and Etymology 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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