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Long Tail

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Cut and long tail. One and another, all of every description. The phrase had its origin in the practice of cutting the tails of certain dogs and horses, and leaving others in their natural state, so that cut and long tail horses or dogs included all the species. Master Slender says he will maintain Anne Page like a gentlewoman. “Ah!” says he—

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That I will, come cut and long tail under the degree of a squire [i.e. as well as any man can who is not a squire].”—Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor, iii. 4.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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