noun Slang.
U.S. Army. a second lieutenant.
a young, newly broken mule.

1840–50, Americanism; shave + tail1; orig. in reference to unbroken army mules, whose tails were shaved for identification Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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