Definition of put salt on the tail of in English:

put salt on the tail of

phrase

  • Capture (with reference to humorous instructions given to children for catching a bird).

    • ‘The band uses effects to sprinkle salt on the tail of a sonic event and grab on to it for emphasis or further contemplation.’
    • ‘To understand the significance of due process of law is to try to put salt on the tail of "principles" and to avoid getting enmeshed in "details".’