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bobtail

[bob-teyl] /ˈbɒbˌteɪl/
noun
1.
a short or docked tail.
2.
an animal with such a tail.
adjective
3.
Also, bobtailed. having a bobtail.
4.
cut short; docked; cropped.
5.
shorter or briefer than usual; abbreviated:
Several legislative items must be dropped from the current bobtail session of Congress.
verb (used with object)
6.
to cut short the tail of; dock, often by cutting a muscle in a horse's tail to make it stand erect.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; bob2 + tail1
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British Dictionary definitions for bobtails

bobtail

/ˈbɒbˌteɪl/
noun
1.
a docked or diminutive tail
2.
an animal with such a tail
adjective
3.
having the tail cut short
verb (transitive)
4.
to dock the tail of
5.
to cut short; curtail
Word Origin
C16: from bob² + tail1
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Slang definitions & phrases for bobtails

bobtail

noun
  1. A dishonorable discharge •So called because the phrase ''service honorable and faithful'' was deleted from the discharge form (1870s+ Army)
  2. A truck tractor without a semitrailer (1940s+ Truckers) v:Returningwithjustthetractor(bobtailing)represented a loss

[noun sense 2 considers the semitrailer the tail of the rig]


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