Fishtail meaning

fĭshtāl
Resembling or suggestive of the tail of a fish in shape or movement.
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To have the rear end of a forward-moving vehicle swerve from side to side out of control.

The truck fishtailed on the icy road.

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To swing the tail of an airplane from side to side in order to reduce speed.
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To move forward with a side-to-side, swinging motion of the rear end.

The car fishtailed on the icy hill.

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The tail of a fish, or an object resembling this.
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(intransitive) To swing the back of a vehicle (originally an aircraft) from side to side.

As we approached the runway, the pilot fishtailed slightly to reduce landing speed.

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(intransitive) To move with the tail swinging from side to side in this way.
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To swing the tail of an airplane from side to side in order to reduce speed after landing.
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Origin of fishtail