One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A narrow hairless tail like that of a rat, or something that resembles one.as modifier ‘he's growing it longer, with a thin rat-tail braid at the back’
- ‘She smiled and walked over to him, casually leaning on the back on his chair and playfully tugging at his shoulder length rat-tail as she looked at the screen.’
- ‘Take your rag, rolled tightly into the shape of a rat's tail, and begin to roll it from the bottom to the top of the section.’
- ‘His hair was pulled back into a tiny rat's tail at the base of his neck.’
- ‘It was pulled back into a short rat-tail, braded and tied with a blue band, the rest was short, an almost shaved look on the sides.’
- ‘Taller than most, with short cropped hair and a rat's tail, Daniel always managed to look softer than the tough appearance he tried to put on.’
- ‘Now pipe down or I'll drag you off by that rat-tail of yours.’
- ‘Many years ago I tested a 45 pistol where that area of the barrel looked as if it had been cut with a rat-tail file.’
- ‘In addition the rat-tail is frequently of poor proportion and there is a viable seam.’
- ‘One of Wezza's mates was hanging around outside the front of his unit, sporting a rat's tail that went halfway down his back.’
- 1.1British informal Hair hanging in lank, damp or greasy strands.
- ‘Her hair hung in rat-tails, the gauzy dress was one big wrinkle, and her cheek had acquired an ugly purple bruise, compliments of the gorilla who almost drowned her.’
- ‘Flowing down across his face, down through his flattened and matted hair, pulling them into stringy rat-tails, they soaked him.’
- ‘Well, I saw one woman in a proper waterproof jacket but she had nothing on her head and her hair was drenched into rat-tails.’
- ‘Her hair was long, blonde and dirty, hanging in rat's tails.’
- ‘When he emerged, he was pasty-faced and sweating, and his long hair hung down in wet rat-tails.’
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