pitchpole

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pitch + pole

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pitchpole (third-person singular simple present pitchpoles, present participle pitchpoling, simple past and past participle pitchpoled)

  1. (of a boat) To capsize end over end, as in heavy surf.
    • Pitchpoling is the most dangerous way a boat can capsize.
    • Pitchpoling occurs when the bow buries itself in the wave ahead while the wave behind lifts the aft section up and over.

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