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fishtail

[fish-teyl] /ˈfɪʃˌteɪl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to swerve or skid from side to side, as the rear end of a car.
2.
to slow an airplane by causing its tail to move rapidly from side to side.
noun
3.
such a maneuver.
4.
a gas burner having two jets crossing each other so as to produce a flame resembling a fish's tail.
5.
a device having a long, narrow slot at the top, placed over a gas jet, as of a Bunsen burner, to give a thin, fanlike flame.
6.
Jewelry. a setting consisting of four prominent triangular corner prongs to hold the stone.
Origin
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English. See fish, tail1
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Examples for fishtail
  • The abrupt maneuver causes the back end of your car to fishtail, and you lose control.
  • He was using an air ratchet to tighten the fourth fishtail when the stud holding the first fishtail broke free.
  • Too little tongue weight will cause the trailer to fishtail.
  • Others fishtail off the highway or into another car.
  • Spike his tires, and he might fishtail into a van-if the spikes stop him at all.
British Dictionary definitions for fishtail

fishtail

/ˈfɪʃˌteɪl/
noun
1.
an aeroplane manoeuvre in which the tail is moved from side to side to reduce speed
2.
a nozzle having a long narrow slot at the top, placed over a Bunsen burner to produce a thin fanlike flame
verb (intransitive)
3.
to slow an aeroplane by moving the tail from side to side
4.
to drive with the rear of the vehicle moving from side to side in an uncontrolled fashion
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Slang definitions & phrases for fishtail

fishtail

noun
  1. A women's dress or skirt style featuring a flare at the bottom (1950s+)
  2. Flaring rear fenders on a car (1950s+ Hot rodders)
verb

To swing a car, motorcycle, etc, from side to side at the rear: causing his rear wheels to spin or the rear end to fishtail, that is swing back and forth (1927+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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