shavetail adj. (US)
Shavetails and Bell Sharps: The History of the U.S. Army Mule. By Emmett M. Essin. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1997. xx, 245 pp. $37.50, ISBN 0-8032-1819-2.)
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Slang, often derogatory
1 a newly commissioned officer, especially a second lieutenant.
2 an officer recently graduated from West Point.
3 shavetail general a new brigadier general.
4 an unbroken mule.
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