1. the part of a shirt below the waistline.
  2. Journalism. a brief item added at the end of a related newspaper story.Compare follow-up(def 3b).


  1. quite young and immature in behavior.
  2. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. of distant relation, especially by marriage: some shirttail cousins I’d never met.

verb (used with object)

  1. Informal. to append or add (an item) to a discussion or writing: The tariff concessions were shirttailed onto the trade bill.

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