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

intransitive verb

: to swing the tail of an airplane from side to side to reduce speed especially when landing
: 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 And Kerry grew tired of manipulative and erratic behavior, and lies that fishtailed from the banal to the bizarre. Sean Williams, Rolling Stone, 2 Oct. 2023 But, as Fox has fishtailed around trying to find a way to accommodate Trump while asserting its own primacy, some might say that, whoever’s been in charge, it’s felt like a post-Rupert network for years. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 21 Sep. 2023 Oregon State Police said a Ford F550 was traveling west on Highway 6 near milepost 35 when its unloaded flatbed trailer began to fishtail and broke away from its coupling. oregonlive, 19 Nov. 2021 For the ceremony, Lopez wore a white, lace off-shoulder long-sleeve bridal gown with a sweetheart neckline, corset bodice and fishtail train and matching veil with lace trim from Zuhair Murad. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 19 Jan. 2023 According to the coordinator, Lopez was still wearing the same dress — a white lace, off-the-shoulder design featuring long sleeves, a sweetheart neckline, corset bodice and fishtail train — plus a long flowing veil with lace. Jen Juneau,, 18 July 2022 The dress from the Zuhair Murad Bridal Spring Summer 2023 Collection features a corset bodice, fishtail train and matching veil. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2022 Video from the scene before the lane closures showed drivers struggling to maintain control of their vehicles, causing some to fishtail. Itzel Luna, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 The white lace, off-the-shoulder design featured long sleeves, a sweetheart neckline, corset bodice and fishtail train. Brittany Talarico,, 18 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fishtail was in 1927

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Cite this Entry

“Fishtail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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