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Meaning of shirttail

shirt•tail

Pronunciation: (shûrt'tāl"), [key]
— n.
  1. the part of a shirt below the waistline.
  2. a brief item added at the end of a related newspaper story. Cf.(def. 3b).
—adj.
  1. quite young and immature in behavior.
  2. of distant relation, esp. by marriage: some shirttail cousins I'd never met.
—v.t.
  1. to append or add (an item) to a discussion or writing: The tariff concessions were shirttailed onto the trade bill.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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