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- n. Used other than as an idiom: The tail of a distribution that represents the rare occurrence of extreme values..
- n. Sales made for less usual goods within a very large choice, which can return a profit through reduced marketing and distribution costs.
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They are a kind of insecty things, and they got a long tail that is three fine hairs.
You can remember the miracle it seemed when you hit your first pheasant when he roared up from under your feet to top a sweet briar thicket and fell with his wings pounding and you had to wait till after dark to bring him into town because they were protected, and you can feel the bulk of him still inside your shirt with his long tail up under your armpit, walking in to town in the dark along the dirt road that is now North Avenue where the gypsy wagons used to camp when there was prairie out to the Des Plaines river where Wallace Evans had a game farm and the big woods ran along the river where the Indian mounds were.
The procession then closed with a long tail of Arabs,
Cumbersome and slow of flight, clumsy in alighting, he frequently loses his equilibrium, and is compelled to use his long tail as a counter-balance, as he jumps from branch to branch ascending a tree, in order to gain elevation, whence to swoop and flop across the intervening space to the next.
Her long tail was rounded, snakelike rather than fishlike.
Any aero-engineer could tell you that Rhamphorhynchus, the early pterosaur at the top of the picture, must have been a stable flier, because of its long tail with the ping-pong bat on the end.
The long tail of Thailand that runs south down the Malay peninsula is populated predominately by Muslim separatists.