AskDefine | Define fishtail

Dictionary Definition

fishtail v : slow down by moving the tail sideways; "The airplane fishtailed on the runway"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From fish + tail.

Pronunciation

/ˈfɪʃteɪl/

Noun

  1. The tail of a fish, or an object resembling this.

Verb

  1. 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.
  2. To move with the tail swinging from side to side in this way.
    The car fishtailed down the muddy lane.

Extensive Definition

Fishtail may refer to one of the following
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