fishtail


fish·tail

verb \ˈfish-ˌtāl\

of a car, truck, etc. : to slide in an uncontrolled way with the rear end going from side to side

Full Definition of FISHTAIL

intransitive verb
1
:  to swing the tail of an airplane from side to side to reduce speed especially when landing
2
:  to have the rear end slide from side to side out of control while moving forward <the car fishtailed on the icy curve>

Examples of FISHTAIL

  1. The car fishtailed on the icy curve.

First Known Use of FISHTAIL

1927

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms

airway, apron, corridor, dirigible, flat-hat, vector

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