- to swing the tail of an airplane from side to side in order to reduce speed after landing
- to move forward with a side-to-side, swinging motion of the rear end: the car fishtailed on the icy hill
intransitive verbfish·tailed, fish·tail·ing, fish·tails
- 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.
- To swing the tail of an airplane from side to side in order to reduce speed.
- The tail of a fish, or an object resembling this.
(third-person singular simple present fishtails, present participle fishtailing, simple past and past participle fishtailed)
- (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.
- (intransitive) To move with the tail swinging from side to side in this way.