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[broh-dee] /ˈbroʊ di/
noun, (sometimes initial capital letter) Slang.
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.
Origin of brodie
after Steve Brodie, who claimed that he jumped from the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  1. A fall; tumble (late 1800s+)
  2. A total failure; fiasco; flop, turkey (1920s+ Theater)
  3. A mistake (1920+ Students)
  4. A squealing, rubber-burning skidding of a motorcycle or car (1950s+ Motorcyclists)

[fr Steve Brodie, who claimed to have leaped off the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886, but failed to have the act witnessed]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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