rooster tail


Definition of rooster tail

: a high arching spray (as of water, dust, or snow) thrown up behind a fast-moving motorboat, motor vehicle, or skier

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Although the cars sent up rooster tails of spray during the qualifying session, by the time the race started in the mid-afternoon the track was merely damp. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E ends its season—and an era—in Brooklyn," 18 July 2018 Our heels flipped little rooster tails of sand up behind us. Popular Mechanics, "55 Things to Do Before the World Ends," 19 Apr. 2018 Further down, spoons, crankbaits, and rooster tails have worked well, with aggressive chasing from trout. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report for Feb. 1, 2018 | The Kansas City Star," 31 Jan. 2018 Best fish caught in past week were down just above Powersite dam dam on black rooster tails. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing and hunting report for the week of Jan. 11 | The Kansas City Star," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of rooster tail

1934, in the meaning defined above

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