fishtail

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fishtail

Of a vehicle, for its rear to slide erratically from side to side on the road (likened to a fish's tail moving back and forth). The roads are pretty icy today, and I saw a couple of cars fishtail coming around that corner.

fishtail

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.
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The trailer fish-tailed and struck an outside guardrail 6 miles south of Cottage Grove, Boyd said.
"The car has fish-tailed and rolled off the banking."
On 29 October, the fish-tailed mobile slot netted him another $15,105.00.
He braked with his left foot and the van fish-tailed as he pulled over.
The fully-working fish-tailed guitar has taken three years to build and has so far attracted a bid of pounds 5,000 on the Shop4thelot.com website but auctioneers expect the exclusive item to hit "six figures".
But the back of the car fish-tailed as it struck loose chippings in the centre of the road and the vehicle went across the carriageway, through a hedge and into the field landing on its roof.
Witnesses described how the car "fish-tailed" and "nose-dived" as he accelerated and performed handbrake turns along Main Street before hitting Mrs Hungerford.
In a small, private register office ceremony in his parliamentary constituency, the Neath MP married his partner of two years, Dr Elizabeth Haywood, who wore a stylish tuxedo-style cropped jacket with silk lapels, a long fish-tailed aqua skirt with a deep back split, finished off with silver beaded shoes.
Tommy the Tibetan manager finds this a touch unacceptable - and puts the fish-tailed goalkeeper on the next flight back to Fulchester.