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ducktail, noun

Origin:
U.S. EnglishShow more Transferred use of U.S. English ducktail, denoting a man’s hairstyle.
obs. except in historical contexts
During the 1950s and 1960s: a young white male (often a member of a gang) who sported a ‘ducktail’ hairstyle and adopted a characteristic style of dress, usually a leather jacket, narrow trousers, and pointed shoes; duckie noun1 sense b. Also attributive, and occasionally figurative. See also sheila sense 2. Cf. tsotsi sense 1.
Note:
Regarded by many as equivalent to the British ‘teddy-boy’.
1956 Rand Daily Mail 21 Dec. 6A man who admitted picking up a police constable and throwing him to the ground, said in the..Magistrate’s Court..that because he was a former ducktail, trying to reform, the world ‘had it in for him’.
1991 Sunday Times 26 May (Mag. Sect.) 14The café owners were terrorised by gangs of ducktails back then.
a young white male (often a member of a gang) who sported a ‘ducktail’ hairstyle and adopted a characteristic style of dress, usually a leather jacket, narrow trousers, and pointed shoes; duckienounb. Also attributive, and occasionally figurative.
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Hence ducktailism noun, ducktail behaviour or norms.
1983 A. Goldstuck in Frontline Oct. 61Ducktailism doesn’t work anymore. Its midwives, Elvis Presley and James Dean, are dead. Its high priests, the Rolling Stones, are safe and acceptable today.

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