jackknifed


jackknifed
'jack·knife || 'dʒæknaɪf n. large pocketknife whose blade folds into the handle; dive in which the diver doubles up in mid-air and then straightens out before entering the water v. bend like a pocketknife, double up, bend sharply in half; do a jackknife dive

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