Definition of shirt tail in English:

shirt tail


  • The lower, typically curved, part of a shirt which comes below the waist.

    • ‘Once we have stormed out of the house, shirt tails flapping, we make it to the bus stop.’
    • ‘The shirt was long because he was a big man and so it had plenty of shirt tail length.’
    • ‘Which is always like being caught in public with your fly open and your shirttail sticking through.’
    • ‘Denise grabbed his shirt tail and pulled as hard as she could, stopping him from entering the bathroom.’
    • ‘He could also see in Scott's eyes the love that he not only had for her but also the two mopped-headed boys who stuck close to his shirt tail.’
    • ‘Occasionally, one of them might push part of his shirt tail back into his pants.’
    • ‘His pants were barely on and his shirt tail stuck out in numerous places.’
    • ‘Mathias gave me no quarter though and grabbed me roughly by my shirt tails, hauling me down off the horse.’
    • ‘Her glasses had been forgotten; she was still mindlessly cleaning the lenses with her shirt tail.’
    • ‘So he untucked the shirt tails from his trousers.’
    • ‘I was lagging behind the tour group, busy being skeptical about everything until something happened that I couldn't disprove - someone tugged on my shirt tail.’
    • ‘Some were accompanied by more sedate blokes, dressed in their finest old jeans with their shirt tails hanging out.’
    • ‘Jim examined the damaged tissue, then tore a piece of his shirt tail off and tried to make a bandage that would keep the metal from touching the raw flesh.’
    • ‘He stroked her hair and wiped away her tears with his shirt tail.’
    • ‘They feature button down collars, center full button front, reinforced shoulder and armholes, shirt tail hem and wood-tone buttons.’
    • ‘Just knock the mud off the lens and wipe it clean with your dirty shirt tail.’
    • ‘Don Quijote decides to imitate Amadís's mournful madness, and tears a long piece off his shirt tails, making knots in it to use as a rosary.’
    • ‘I'm actually wearing slippers, my shirttail isn't tucked in, and I'm gulping down the last spoonfuls of apple crisp when the telephone rings.’
    • ‘Certain gestures are taboo, your shirt tail has to be tucked in, your chin strap has to be fastened, and they tell you what kind of shoes to wear.’


shirt tail

/ˈʃəːt ˌteɪl/