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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It was fish-tailing at phenomenal speed - there was no way he was staying on.
Melbourne, Apr.15 (ANI): Former Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes, which was towed by Melbourne Police last month for "fish-tailing" is now on sale.
During the first approach the airplane was observed "fish-tailing" while about 30 feet over the runway.
Into the corner, and the old Vauxhall is fish-tailing like a good 'un and I'm making up places fast as the number of smashes and smoking wrecks grows by the second.
The 23-year-old's car clipped the central reservation and started "fish-tailing".