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.
References in classic literature ?
The air was mouldy and heavy with decay, while strings of fish-tails and of half-cleaned dog and crocodile skulls did not add to the wholesomeness of the place.
Splinters of conscience and the ash of youth; fish-tails left