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1. The pelt of a raccoon.
2. An article, such as a hat, made of the pelts of raccoons.


1. (Textiles) the pelt of a raccoon
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a raccoon cap with the tail hanging at the back
3. (Clothing & Fashion) US an overcoat made of raccoon



1. the pelt of a raccoon.
2. an article of clothing made of coonskin, esp. a hat with a tail.
[1615–25, Amer.]
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Noun1.coonskin - a raccoon cap with the tail hanging down the backcoonskin - a raccoon cap with the tail hanging down the back
cap - a tight-fitting headdress
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One of the coonskins that the Republicans nailed to the wall was to get rid of that office.
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LBJ was ambivalent about the scale of his project, simultaneously urging Democrats facing his huge legislative agenda to "get those coonskins up on the wall" and seeing himself as healing "the divisions of geography and race and class that even FDR had failed to dose" while also predicting a steady decline in public support and fearfully telling aides that the Southern base of the New Deal regime would be lost (Lemann 1988, 53).