moonshiner's turn

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Etymology[edit]

Used by moonshiners to evade authorities during Prohibition.

Noun[edit]

moonshiner’s turn (plural moonshiners' turns)

  1. (colloquial, US) A rapid illegal U-turn performed by putting the car in neutral and applying the hand brake, thereby producing a controlled skid, with the car still moving backwards when forward power is again applied.
    Did you see the moonshiner’s turn he pulled in that chase scene?

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