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    flip x overturn x ?


    i have been hearing a lot of different verbs that express the idea of a car, in an accident, spinning around its horizontal axis (or axle?) ...

    i think the Americans say "flip" and the British say "overturn"...

    what is the best verb to express that idea?

    thanks a lot.

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    Re: flip x overturn x ?

    You may hear any of the following terms to describe this situation as follows:

    The car flipped over.
    The car overturned.
    The car rolled over.

    All of these mean the same thing.

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    Re: flip x overturn x ?

    Around the horizontal axis:
    The car flipped and landed on its side = self-explanatory
    The car overturned = the car landed on its roof
    The car rolled over = On its own, this would suggest it landed on its roof. Usually it would be qualified by the speaker eg
    The car rolled over on its side/on its roof/rolled over several times and ended up on its roof.
    The car flipped over=landed on its roof. With qualification: The car flipped over a couple of times and landed back on its wheels/ended up on its side etc.
    Around the vertical axis:
    The car spun (a)round = the car stayed on its wheels, but turned around anything from 180 to 360 degrees. If more than once, the speaker would have to specify =the car spun (a)round a few times.
    Last edited by David L.; 24-Nov-2007 at 22:03.

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