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    to slew

    Does it involve a loss of control?

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    Re: to slew

    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Does it involve a loss of control?

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    Do you have an example?

    Quote Originally Posted by dictionary.reference.com
    slue also slew
    V. slued, also slewed slu·ing, slew·ing slues, slews

    Transitive
    To turn (something) on an axis; rotate: slued the swivel chair around; sluing the boom of a crane.
    To turn sharply; veer: braked and slued the car around.

    Intransitive
    To turn about an axis; pivot.
    To turn or slide sideways or off course; skid.


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    To turn sharply; veer: braked and slued the car around
    I had this meaning in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    To turn sharply; veer: braked and slued the car around
    I had this meaning in mind.

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    The events leading up to slewing X may have involved loss of control and hence the reason for slewing. To slew, though, means to turn X, pivot X, twist X, awkwardly. In order to turn, pivot, or twist something, one uses volition, control.

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    Does it imply some lack of skills from the driver? Would you use another verb for, say, an indycar champ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Does it imply some lack of skills from the driver? Would you use another verb for, say, an indycar champ?

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    Sure. Why not? "Slew" simply means to twist X awkwardly. It's the thing, the X, that's not in control, not the driver per se. :D

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