Definition of fishtail
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 of fishtail from the Web
And that's him - not Steve McQueen - fishtailing down Tyler Street in San Francisco at 90 mph in Bullitt.
After striking the rear of Myles' car, the SUV fishtailed before running off the road and striking a tree, authorities said.
The back tires grab and throw the bike forward while fishtailing.
Our open Jeep fishtailed along muddy roads through northeast India’s Kaziranga National Park.
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FISHTAIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fishtail for English Language Learners
of a car, truck, etc. : to slide in an uncontrolled way with the rear end going from side to side
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