rooster tail

noun

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

Examples of rooster tail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With 78 horsepower propelling about 1,000 pounds of machine, the ACE 900 will send rooster tails of dirt spraying 30 feet back. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Polaris ACE 900 XC Is the Ultimate Bug-Out Buggy," 4 June 2019 Outlook: Muskie Guide Service reports: bass - are hitting spoons and jigs in deep waterl; white bass - schooling up in the morning and evening and can be caught on small rooster tails or top water baits; all other species remain slow. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: Holiday week brings plenty of hits, some misses," 4 July 2018 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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“Rooster tail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rooster%20tail. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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