tail up

transitive verb

Definition of tail up

West
: to lift (an animal) out of a bog by the tail also : to twist the tail as a means of forcing (a benumbed animal) to rise

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History and Etymology for tail up

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“Tail up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tail%20up. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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