from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The tail or back part of a cart.


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  • Margaret Henan would have been a striking figure under any circumstances, but never more so than when I first chanced upon her, a sack of grain of fully a hundredweight on her shoulder, as she walked with sure though tottering stride from the cart-tail to the stable, pausing for an instant to gather strength at the foot of the steep steps that led to the grain-bin.


  • A whipping at the cart-tail ought to be the ways on her.

    The Way We Live Now

  • Society, or what passes for it over there, had naturally opened its arms to the beauteous Lady Flashman and her distinguished husband, and we might have been racing and dining and water-partying yet if Little Phil hadn't got word of my presence, and insisted that we come to Chicago to see him jump off the cart-tail.

    Flashman and The Redskins

  • That is why civilisation has got so much in advance of religion that the latter cannot lead or guide the former, but only lags behind, like a horse hitched to a cart-tail.


  • See the shop-boys with their bundles, the young fellow with a lighted cigar in his hand, as you see by the way he keeps it off from his body, the _gamin_ stooping to pick up something in the midst of the moving omnibuses, the stout philosophical carman sitting on his cart-tail, Newman Noggs by the lamp-post at the corner.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 45, July, 1861

  • We wrangled about the seating accommodation of the hut, for the cart-tail was but short, and

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • "Some fellow being whipped at the cart-tail," exclaimed the man of Devon, stretching his tall form to look over the heads of the swaying mob.

    Sea-Dogs All! A Tale of Forest and Sea

  • The cart-tail orator pointed to the headlines; there was a sudden deep silence, so deep that the soft scurrying of a mass of fallen elm leaves in the gutter seemed for a moment to fill all the air.

    Flamsted quarries

  • (Laughter) At every election, and between-times, the grievances of Ireland resounded from cart-tail and soap box, and we could not elect a sheriff or a dog-catcher in any part of the United States without their being attended by the curse of Cromwell and the Battle of the Boyne.

    American Foreign Policy

  • I should be whipped at the cart-tail for asking such an impertinent question.

    The Black Moth: A Romance of the XVIII Century


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