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fishtail

1. Aeronautics an aeroplane manoeuvre in which the tail is moved from side to side to reduce speed
2. Engineering a nozzle having a long narrow slot at the top, placed over a Bunsen burner to produce a thin fanlike flame

fishtail

[′fish‚tāl]
(metallurgy)
Excess metal trailing on the end of a roll forging.

fishtail

A wedge-shaped piece of wood used as part of the soffit form between tapered end pans in concrete joist construction.
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Although the ultimate cause of the crash has not yet been determined, accident investigators have discovered that the rudder of the jet moved so quickly from side to side that the plane 'fishtailed' and plunged out of control.
Aaron Dixon, 19, died instantly when his car fishtailed head-on into a bus three days after Christmas.
First I got harnessed onto a car that fishtailed down the road and my harness came off, so I nearly died.