fishtail

verb
fish·​tail | \ ˈfish-ˌtāl How to pronounce fishtail (audio) \
fishtailed; fishtailing; fishtails

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 in a Sentence

The car fishtailed on the icy curve.
Recent Examples on the Web DeHerrera then careened into the parking lot of a nearby Hilton DoubleTree hotel, began to fishtail, sideswiped an occupied Hillsboro police car and crashed into a tree, deputies said. oregonlive, 23 Dec. 2021 Then the speeding tractor-trailer started to fishtail uncontrollably, said the teenager, Esvin Chipel Tzoy. New York Times, 10 Dec. 2021 The car started to fishtail before sliding out of control off the runway and into a grassy area from which spectators were watching. NBC News, 28 Oct. 2021 The car started to fishtail before sliding out of control off the runway and into a grassy area from which spectators were watching. CBS News, 28 Oct. 2021 The car started to fishtail before sliding out of control off the runway and into a grassy area from which spectators were watching. NBC News, 28 Oct. 2021 The car started to fishtail before sliding out of control off the runway and into a grassy area from which spectators were watching. CBS News, 28 Oct. 2021 The car started to fishtail before sliding out of control off the runway and into a grassy area from which spectators were watching. NBC News, 28 Oct. 2021 The car started to fishtail before sliding out of control off the runway and into a grassy area from which spectators were watching. CBS News, 28 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fishtail

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fishtail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fishtail. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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