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Hi,

When a car makes a hairpin swerve, does it mean that it turns around sharply?

I’m not sure how far the car turns when it happens.

Thank you.

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I've never heard of a hairpin swerve.

Do you perhaps mean a hairpin curve?

The two words swerve / curve sound a bit similar.

A hairpin curve is where a driver has to make an abrupt 180-degree turn to stay on the road.

Clive

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Ann225hairpin swerve

I would have said there is no such expression as "hairpin swerve", but you can find a few instances of it on Google (less than 200, which is practically nothing for Google). Apparently it occurred in the Harry Potter series, so it may be becoming popular.

'hairpin turn' or 'switchback' are the terms that are familiar to me, and they describe roads, not vehicle maneuvers.

From the images below you can see that a hairpin swerve would cause a complete reversal of direction.

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=939&bih=628&ei=qL_-XK6xDoWg8AOp2qXADg&...

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=939&bih=628&ei=os7-XPKmN868tgWGlKyIAg&...

CJ

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CalifJim Apparently it occurred in the Harry Potter series, so it may be becoming popular.

It's easy to do flying on a broom, I guess.

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Thank you. I know what ‘hairpin’ and ‘switchback’ mean.

I was merely curious about the use of ‘hairpin swerve’.

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Yes. I know that it’s a U shaped turn.
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