shavetail

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

shave +‎ tail

Noun[edit]

shavetail (plural shavetails)

  1. (US) An inexperienced person, especially a newly-commissioned military officer.
    • 1962 (2006), Joseph Commings, "The X Street Murders", The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes & Impossible Mysteries
      Yass. I never got above the rank of shavetail. We were the dogfaces who gave ’em hell at Chateau Thierry.