Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion - This means that it is better to be the head or at the top of something that isn't very important or prestigious than a small or unimportant member of something big.
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Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed - If someone's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, they are full of energy and enthusiasm.
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Chase your tail - If you are chasing your tail, you are very busy but not being very productive.
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Have your tail up - If someone has their tail up, they are optimistic and expect to be successful.
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Head nor tail - If you can't make head nor tail of something, you cannot understand it at all or make any sense of it.
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Work your tail off - If you work your tail off, you work extremely hard.
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In literature:
So yonder she sets a shellin' out co'n To Mammy's ole bob-tailed rooster.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
No doubt this object looked very different from a great comet, decorated with a tail.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
His body, without the tail, is about five and a half to six feet long.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
He had the mane and the tail of a lion.
"Once on a Time" by A. A. Milne
The string on Maurice's tail tightened, his tail was jerked, he was stopped.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
The legs are firm and muscular; the tail is short, with a tuft at the end.
"Delineations of the Ox Tribe" by George Vasey
Its tail is short and pointed, and it has no drooping tail feathers.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
No trace of a tail was discernible.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
One little wave of his tail made my rod bend dangerously.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
It is in the end of the Little Bear's tail.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Twinkle-tail was rather early for breakfast.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
If the fracture is in the sacrum (the division of the spinal column between the loins and the tail), the tail alone is paralyzed.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Jackal was ashamed to have lost his tail, which was a particularly long and fine tail; but he pretended to like it.
"The Talking Thrush" by William Crooke
He was evidently unprepared, for he turned and moved across our tail.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
The tail stock is extremely thick and does not narrow laterally until very near the tail flukes.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood
In this pelt the tail bone had been cut off close to the body and left in the tail.
"Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper" by Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
The figures are from root of tail (tail not measured) to end of nose.
"Mink Trapping" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
The tail is usually about eight inches long and is quite bushy.
"Science of Trapping" by Elmer Harry Kreps
He will place the head of one to the tail of another, the tails folded in.
"Deadfalls and Snares" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
The greatest number are trapped at their dens which can be easily told by the long tail hairs found in and near the mouth of den.
"Steel Traps" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
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In poetry:
She was made of black motherofpearl
Made of darkpurple grapes,
And she lashed my blood
With her tail of fire.
"The Fickle One" by Pablo Neruda
But Flash looked so good-natured,
With his tail curled up behind,
That his aunty said to Walter,
"Never mind, mind, mind."
"Walter And His Dog" by Eliza Lee Follen
The little things that none but I
Saw were beyond his wont,
The streaming hair, the tie behind,
The coat tails worn in front.
"A Dedication To E.C.B." by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Galliant gents and lovely ladies,
List a tail vich late befel,
Vich I heard it, bein on duty,
At the Pleace Hoffice, Clerkenwell.
"The Ballad Of Eliza Davis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
"Scourged at one cart-tail, each denied
The hope of every other;
Each martyr shook his branded fist
At the conscience of his brother!
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But I tried to pray as ane micht dae,
Whase moments number'd be,
But he pu'd my coat tails, cryin', 'Ledgie, man,
Pit in a word for me.'
"Ledgie Cooper" by Alexander Anderson
In news:
Bubby 's is also a sponsor of Tiny Tails K-9 Rescue.
Watch Out for the Tail.
Getting swept by the team tailing you in the standings is tough enough.
Leveling the tail vise plate.
(about 40) prawns cleaned with tail on.
Hershey Color: Mostly Black with some white on her tail, chest and left paw.
Erin Borror was branding a calf with the rocking b brand on left hip, while Bryce Borror was holding the tail so calf wouldnot wiggle.
Moby Trick – Whale Tail.
"And get the bits together, the fat tail, every good part".
These bushy-tailed mammals are mostly nocturnal and not very territorial.
Cutting off the Long Tail Photo Gallery.
Cutting off the Long Tail.
(Host) The white-tailed deer occupies a place of honor in Vermont.
That's when they begin a head to tail movement, like a reptile, that pushes them to the ground to enhance the traction of their legs.
A bird about 18 inches long with a tail more than half its length.
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In science:
In the limit N tends to inﬁnity the origin of the tail is shifted to inﬁnity, i. e., the tail vanishes.
Tails of probability density for sums of random independent variables
In this case one has a superlight tail (actually, no tail at all).
Tails of probability density for sums of random independent variables
Prob {M ([0, t]) ≥ x} ∼ x−q∗ , when x → +∞ (50) The pdf of the measure M ([0, t]) is thus heavy tailed with a tail exponent that can be, unlike classical α-stable laws, arbitrary large.
Multifractal stationary random measures and multifractal random walks with log-infinitely divisible scaling laws
Weibull family (for upper bounded variables), the Fr´echet family (for power-law-tailed variables) or the Gumbel distribution (for exponential-tailed variables).
Universal Statistics of the Critical Depinning Force of Elastic Systems in Random Media
The relationship between the Poisson and the tail boundaries for RWRTP turns out to be more complicated than for ordinary random walks (where the tail and the Poisson boundaries coincide with respect to any single point initial distribution).
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
The quotient E of the path space (X Z+ , Pm ) with respect to the tail partition α∞ is called the tail boundary .
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
The tail equivalence relation is also discrete, and the tail boundary E is then the space of the ergodic components of R (see Appendix for the deﬁnition).
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
For any probability measure θ ≺ m the tail measure εθ = tail(Pθ ) is absolutely continuous with respect to [εm ].
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
Denote by E the tail boundary of RWTDI(µ), and by εn,θ = tail(Pn,θ ) (resp., εn,g , etc.) the tail measures on E .
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
Denote by ε = tail(P) the associated tail measure.
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
In this Section we shall also use the term local triviality in order to distinguish it from the total triviality of the tail boundary when the total tail boundary (E , [εm ])) is a singleton.
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
It also implies that local triviality of the tail boundary of RWTDI(Sµ) follows from local triviality of the tail boundary of RWTDI(µ).
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
Therefore, the tail boundary E will always be endowed with the tail measure ε = tailP.
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
The ﬁbers of the pro jection pΩ : (E , ε) → (Ω, λ) are the tail boundaries (Eω , εω ) of RWTDI(ω ), where εω is the tail measure on Eω corresponding to starting RWTDI(ω ) from the group identity at time 0 (Proposition 1.11).
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
As it follows from Theorem 2.6 (see Remark 2.7), triviality of the tail boundary of RWTDI(ω ) implies triviality of the tail boundary of RWTDI(T ω ).
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
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