noun Etymology: from the practice of shaving the tails of newly broken mules to distinguish them from seasoned ones Date: 1846 1. a pack mule especially when newly broken in 2. usually disparaging second lieutenant

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  • shavetail — /shayv tayl /, n. Slang. 1. U.S. Army. a second lieutenant. 2. a young, newly broken mule. [1840 50, Amer.; SHAVE + TAIL1; orig. in reference to unbroken army mules, whose tails were shaved for identification] * * * …   Universalium

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  • shavetail — noun US military slang, often derogatory a newly commissioned officer. ↘informal an inexperienced person. Origin from the early sense untrained pack animal (identified by a shaven tail) …   English new terms dictionary

  • shavetail — shave•tail [[t]ˈʃeɪvˌteɪl[/t]] n. Slang. mil a newly commissioned army officer, esp. a second lieutenant • Etymology: 1890–95, amer.; orig. in reference to unbroken army mules, whose tails were shaved for identification …   From formal English to slang

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