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1. The part of a shirt that extends below the waist, especially in the back.
2. A brief addition at the end of a newspaper article.
1. Very young: shirttail kids.
2. Of little value; inadequate or small: a shirttail cabin in the woods.



1. the part of a shirt below the waistline.
2. immature in behavior.
3. Midland U.S. of distant relation, esp. by marriage.
4. to append or add (an item) to a discussion or writing.
[1835–45, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shirttail - a brief addendum at the end of a newspaper article
news article, news story, newspaper article - an article reporting news
appendix - supplementary material that is collected and appended at the back of a book
2.shirttail - fabric forming the tail of a shirt
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
shirt - a garment worn on the upper half of the body
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NOT TUCKING IN SHIRTTAIL If the tail of your shirt is not properly tucked in, heat and flames can travel under the bottom of it and cause greater injury.
Clean microfiber or cotton cloth works fine, but it's a good idea not to rub the lenses of your scope with a shirttail after a few days in hunting camp.
The book goes on to describe the unexplainable events that followed, such as after the doll came into his home, Kevin noticed some minor activity in his home such as the feeling of a small hand tugging on his shirttail, the sound of a little girl giggling and the doll itself changing positions.
Rockmaster bits have patented shirttail protection along the leading edge and advanced cutting structures that extend life when used in extreme conditions.
Gamboling on to the next shot, he was forever tucking in his shirttail and hitching his pants.
Menswear heritage is re-imagined with a feminine hand, from shirtdresses to long-sleeved jumpsuits and shirttail hems.
As one of its citizens, I would like to see the industrial revolution spirit returning to power this country back on track to prosperity, and letting go of the shirttail of an EU made bankrupt by corporate bankers is a start.
A shirttail cousin to the starfish, the anchored, filter-feeding organism sports what looks like a flowerlike fan above a stalk that can be a half-meter long.
Bowers makes it sound as if the public employes are riding the shirttail of private employees.
The PDA-Personal Defense Accessory holster can be worn exposed without a jacket or loose shirttail, and features safe quick-draw capability, is lightweight and comfortable, ideal for left- and right-handed shooters and is laser-sight friendly.