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ground loop

noun, Aeronautics.
a sharp horizontal loop performed, usually involuntarily, while touching the ground.
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First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Fortunately they were not traveling very fast when the ground loop took place, so that no damage was done.

    Bill Bruce on Forest Patrol Henry Harley Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for ground loop

ground loop

a sudden uncontrolled turn by an aircraft on the ground, while moving under its own power
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