/ˈdʒæknaɪf / (say 'jaknuyf)

noun (plural jackknives)
1. a large knife with a blade that folds into the handle.
2. jackknife dive.
verb (i) (jackknifed, jackknifing)
3. to bend or fold up, like a jackknife.
4. (of a horse) to buck bringing all four feet to a point.
5. (of a semitrailer or a car pulling a caravan, etc.) to go out of control in such a way that the trailer swings round towards the driver's cab.
{US (1700s), perhaps from jackleg knife, perhaps from Scottish (1870s) joctaleg knife, from a famous cutler Jacques de Liege}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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