tail·​slide ˈtāl-ˌslīd How to pronounce tailslide (audio)
: an aerobatic maneuver in which an aircraft that has been pulled into a steep climb stalls and then loses altitude by dropping backward

Examples of tailslide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When one skater went airborne for a tailslide, scraping the Pulaski stonework with the edge of his deck, Fuchs pointed an index finger upward as if the sound were perfuming the air. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tailslide was in 1916

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“Tailslide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailslide. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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