fishtailing

fishtail

[fish-teyl]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English. See fish, tail1

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fishtail (ˈfɪʃˌteɪl)
 
n
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
 
vb
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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fishtail definition


  1. in.
    [for the rear of a car] to whip back and forth like a fish moving its tail. : The caddy fishtailed on the curb and almost spun around.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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