But don't tell me that when he saw how shirty she was about it, the chump didn't back down?
I called out loudly and angrily, 'shirty, don't shoot him in the back!'
He with the greatest propriety might call me "Johnny Newcome," yet it ill became me to call him "shirty."
shirty was n't there, but I had him covered when he turned back, red hot at having been deceived.
Of course, if she had been plain, he reflected gravely, one could understand her being so shirty.
That's really how it was when I saw you going off with that creature; but of course I was an ass to get shirty about it.
"Don't you get shirty if I talks about that dream," he said.
Impoverished; mean; paltry: My brother and I had a pretty shirttail existence as kids (1929+)
An editorial column: The boss blurbed the story in his shirttail (1944+ Newspaper office)
[both senses depend on the shirttail being a short appendage to a shirt; the first sense derives fr the shortness, hence meagerness; the second fr the appendedness, the editor's personal addition]