divebomb

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Etymology[edit]

dive +‎ bomb

Verb[edit]

divebomb (third-person singular simple present divebombs, present participle divebombing, simple past and past participle divebombed)

  1. (of an aircraft) To bomb whilst in a steep dive.
  2. (of a bird) To attack (especially the head of) a person or animal that strays into their territory.
  3. (of a motorist) To overtake slower traffic by way of a more circuitous route, such as a pair of freeway exit and entrance ramps.
  4. (auto racing) To attempt an overtake by braking very late on corner entry.

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  • (to overtake slower traffic by way of a more circuitous route): rat run

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