long tail


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long tail

n
(Commerce) commerce the segment of a market representing the large number of products that sell in small quantities, considered by some to be of greater financial value than the few products that sell in very large quantities
[C21: from the appearance of typical sales patterns on a graph]
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It was as big as a mountain, with horns on its head, and a long tail, and it had hoofs divided in two.
The wolf and the wild boar were first on the ground; and when they espied their enemies coming, and saw the cat's long tail standing straight in the air, they thought she was carrying a sword for Sultan to fight with; and every time she limped, they thought she was picking up a stone to throw at them; so they said they should not like this way of fighting, and the boar lay down behind a bush, and the wolf jumped up into a tree.
Oh, you sit at home in your dark grey coat and your long tail,' said the Cat, 'and you get fanciful.
I can tell you her name, she was called Thomasina Tittlemouse, a woodmouse with a long tail.
He went roaring and resentful; but in the very center of the clearing his voice was suddenly hushed and Tarzan saw the great head lower and flatten out, the body crouch and the long tail quiver, as the beast slunk cautiously toward the trees upon the opposite side.
The eyes brooded on Cocky, and the entire body was still save for the long tail, which lashed from one side to the other and back again in an abrupt, angry, but monotonous manner.
I hated the crupper; to have my long tail doubled up and poked through that strap was almost as bad as the bit.
It IS a long tail, certainly,' said Alice, looking down with wonder at the Mouse's tail; `but why do you call it sad?
Her head was high in ever alert attention; her long tail moved slowly in sinuous and graceful undulations.
Saint Dunstan, Saint Dubric, Saint Winibald, Saint Winifred, Saint Swibert, Saint Willick, not forgetting Saint Thomas a Kent, and my own poor merits to speed, I defy every devil of them, come cut and long tail.
From frightful jaws to the tip of its long tail it was fully forty feet in length.
Suddenly the long tail snapped stiffly erect, and as though it had been attached to two trigger fingers the two rifles spoke in unison, for both men knew this signal only too well--the immediate forerunner of a deadly charge.