One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1in combination Having a tail of a specified kind.‘a long-tailed lizard’‘white-tailed eagles’
- ‘In the backyard, four bushy-tailed squirrels scamper up to the screen door, chattering loudly.’
- ‘The red-tailed hawks circle and plummet into the valley between our hill and the next.’
- ‘Today, black-tailed prairie dogs are limited to less than 1 percent of their historic range.’
- ‘The Short-tailed Albatross is an extremely rare bird.’
- ‘He's devoting his professional life to studying the brush-tailed rock wallaby.’
- 1.1 (of a garment) having a lower or hanging part, especially at the back of a coat.‘a tailed jacket’in combination ‘he always wore a long-tailed coat’
- ‘The constable's uniform consisted of a top hat representing authority and a tailed jacket for servitude, because although the police were considered public servants they were also the public's masters.’
- ‘A small figure in a long-tailed leather jacket came pelting down the steps.’
- ‘She wore a perfectly cut full-tailed tuxedo jacket.’
- ‘Use traditional motifs if you want to re-create a particular period flavour, with windows dressed with lace panels, over simple Holland blinds and under richly sagged-and-tailed drapes for example.’
- ‘He kept his hair very short, and indoors he wore an old-fashioned swallow-tailed coat, refusing to adopt the formal fashion of his day.’
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