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Casiopea

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Francois said:
Does it involve a loss of control?

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Do you have an example?

dictionary.reference.com said:
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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Francois said:
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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Francois said:
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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