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white tail

white tail
 n.— «The bigger worry for both Airbus and Boeing are the dreaded “white tails,” jets that come off the assembly line with no waiting buyers because the airline that ordered them has canceled or gone out of business. White tails get their name from the fact that buyers’ corporate logos aren’t painted on until just before delivery.» —“Airbus, Boeing face specter of ‘white tail’ jets” in Paris, France Associated Press Dec. 4, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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