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Date: 1900-2000
Origin: careen 'to turn a ship over, especially in order to do work on its bottom' (16-21 centuries), from French carène 'bottom of a boat', from Latin carina 'nutshell'; influenced by CAREER1

careen

verb
     
ca‧reen [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
American English to move forwards quickly without control, making sudden sideways movements [= career British English]
careen down/over/along etc
The car careened around the corner.

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