Definition of rat-tail in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈratteɪl


  • 1 (also rat's tail) A 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
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 1.1 (rat's tails) British informal Hair hanging in lank, damp or greasy strands.
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    • Her hair was long, blonde and dirty, hanging in rat's tails.
    • 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.

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