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noun as in swan dive


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Officials said an initial investigation found that a Ford Fusion was stopped in one of the lanes for “unknown reasons” and a semi-truck struck it in the rear and then jackknifed.

Around the 50-minute mark a jackknife plot turn sends it careering off-road, and it becomes an overburdened movie rather than a nimble one.

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She cut it with Henry's jackknife into four quarters, and she and Henry took the two crusty ends themselves.

It was a rather battered jackknife, and Scattergood noticed that one blade had been broken off.

Mr. Blossom drew a jackknife from his pocket and began leisurely to sharpen a pencil.

Then he got up, jerked Mr. Blossom's old jackknife from the post where it had been abandoned, and pocketed it.

"I've heard tell you kin cut real gold like cheese," he said, and opened his jackknife.

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On this page you'll find 5 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to jackknife, such as: cannonball, gainer, plunge, and swallow dive.

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