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 Long Tail.Long Tom Coffin. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Long-tailed.
 
How about the long-tailed beggar? A reproof given to one who is drawing the longbow too freely. The tale is that a boy who had been a short voyage pretended on his return to have forgotten everything belonging to his native home, and asked his mother what she called that “long-tailed beggar,” meaning the cat.   1
 


 Long Tail.Long Tom Coffin. 

 
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