n. a second lieutenant; a noncommissioned officer in the army; any inexperienced person. (Military. From a nickname for an untrained mule that is marked by a shaved tail.)
This shavetail here is trying to tell me my job.
Who’s the shavetail dancing with the Colonel’s daughter?

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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