wag the tail

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wag the tail

Post by Archived Topic » Mon Feb 15, 1999 12:00 am

What does this expression mean in:
¨We have let the tail of X wag our work for far too long¨
Submitted by Elena Morgan (Buenos Aires - Argentina)
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wag the tail

Post by Jonathon Green » Thu Feb 18, 1999 8:00 am

The image is of tail, which should be wagged by a dog, taking control of the animal.
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