Definition of shirttail in English:

shirttail

Syllabification: shirt·tail
Pronunciation: /ˈSHərˌtāl
 
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noun

(also shirttails)
  • The lower, typically curved, part of a shirt that comes below the waist.
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    • 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.
    • 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.

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  • (Of relatives) distantly related: if you checked back far enough, they were shirttail cousins of Curly’s parents
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    • Not surprisingly, Louis spent a number of evenings with his shirttail relative in the makeshift studio hes had put together in his father-in-law's billiard room.
    • Unless you're a shirttail relative of a member of the cast or crew, find a homeless shelter where you can volunteer for an hour and a half instead.

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