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a suicidal or daredevil leap; wild dive:
to do a brodie from a high ledge.
a complete failure; flop.
a severe vehicular skid.
a sharp reversal in a vehicle’s direction by sudden application of the brakes and wrenching of the steering wheel.
Contemporary Examples

Meet Martha Stewart’s Internet Soulmate Abby Haglage May 1, 2013

Historical Examples

Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley Louis Tracy
The Narrative of Gordon Sellar Who Emigrated to Canada in 1825 Gordon Sellar
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume VI Various
The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI Various
The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume VI Various
Good References E. J. Rath
A Book of Scoundrels Charles Whibley

A fall; tumble (late 1800s+)
A total failure; fiasco; flop, turkey (1920s+ Theater)
A mistake (1920+ Students)
A squealing, rubber-burning skidding of a motorcycle or car (1950s+ Motorcyclists)


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