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Tag-tail

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tag-tail a worm with a tail like a tag: a hanger-on, parasite
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A weaker form of tack.

Usage

In literature:

The rag-tag-and-bob-tail-of-creation fellows we have seen skulking about here will have to go away without a fight.
"Boy Scouts in Mexico; or On Guard with Uncle Sam" by G. Harvey Ralphson
So she was at Mrs. Hunt's door, talking the matter over with her, when Tag, with drooping head and tail, came slowly up the stairs.
"The Bishop's Shadow" by I. T. Thurston
I could play tag with pink monkeys with blue tails and green whiskers without sending in the hurry-call.
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
I call it the rag-tag and bob-tail class.
"Melchior's Dream and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
They would have none of me, called me "nuisance" and "tag-tail.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
The rag-tag and bob-tail shone that night, and afterwards were loud in praises of the lesson.
"Frances Kane's Fortune" by L. T. Meade
It was the airman's game of tag, the winner being that one who could get on the other's tail and stay there.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
This time, the answer was: One can't wag his tail, the other can't tag his whale.
"The Ambassador" by Samuel Kimball Merwin
The impudence of that rag-tag and bob-tail crowd is inconceivable!
"The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman" by Eugène Sue
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In news:

A deputy signaled a Jeep that had its tag and tail lights out to pull over.
Local taxidermist Terry Gross of TAGS Taxidermy in Cedar Springs took second place in the professional division for white tail deer at the Ultimate Sport Show in Grand Rapids on March 20, 2011.
Otter Tail Central pitcher Nick Trosdahl rushes home to wait the throw of a passed ball to attempt to tag the runner for Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale during the Babe Ruth State Intact Tournament Thursday at DeLagoon Park.
Posts Tagged ' steer tailing.
Posts tagged " Tails ".
Posts Tagged ' white tail deer.
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In science:

The afterglow emission from the forward and the reverse shock emission starts immediately after the ejecta starts to sweeps up matter, but it does not peak (and become dominant over the prompt emission or its decaying tail) until the time ∼ tag, marking the beginning of the self-similar blast wave regime.
Gamma-Ray Bursts
Tagged IBDs from the high-energy tail of the spectrum are the most promising prospect, so scintillator or Gd-loaded water detectors would be required.
Supernova Neutrino Detection
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