come cut and long tail Old form(s): long-taile, taile
[whether a horse or dog has its tail docked or not] whatever happens, come what may
MW III.iv.46[Slender to Anne, of his maintaining her] that I will, come cut and long-tail, under the degree of a squire
TNK V.ii.47[Gaoler's Daughter to Gaoler, of her horse] for a jig, come cut and long tail to him, / He turns ye like a top [i.e. no matter who comes to compete against him]
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