Definition of hairpin bend in English:

hairpin bend

(North American hairpin turn)


  • A sharp U-shaped bend in a road.

    • ‘The rise in altitude from 6,000 ft to double that was reached via heartstoppingly steep gradients and hairpin bends.’
    • ‘The hairpin bend in the snow-dusted mountain road is looming.’
    • ‘After an exhausting drive along motorways and up a steep road full of hairpin bends, we arrived at our hotel at 5 a.m.’
    • ‘Sometimes, rounding one of the hairpin bends on the main roads, you see a work-party of men in pink uniforms mending the road or building a house.’
    • ‘But the youngsters who zoom on their bikes curving along the hairpin bends have to take a day off.’
    • ‘However, one slight downside to the mountainous terrain is that it's a bit less forgiving of driving errors; one slight misjudgement on a hairpin bend while in control of a tank can send it spiralling down to an explosive end.’
    • ‘Though the panther was many hundred feet below, it could easily run through the bush, scramble up the embankment and surprise them around a hairpin bend!’
    • ‘A hairpin bend takes us to a lookout spot in a bay.’
    • ‘Our next rest came at a hairpin bend on another descent, with a small waterfall beyond, from which we drank as we watched, way beneath us, an apparently tiny river meandering its way through the remote valley.’
    • ‘But be warned: the roads themselves are frighteningly narrow with almost impossible hairpin bends.’
    • ‘The opening day takes place over narrow and slippery vineyard roads, which consist mostly of straights and tight hairpin bends.’
    • ‘It is not a hugely quick track, with two hairpin bends at each end and quick straights punctuated by chicanes which see the drivers right up on to the kerbs.’
    • ‘At one point, we zipped through 22 hairpin bends of tightly curled switchbacks and descended more than 10,000 ft.’
    • ‘He came to a hairpin bend where he saw Norma sitting in her parked car.’
    • ‘We could begin 138 years ago when war reached a Mississippi river town, a cotton-shipping port that overlooked a hairpin bend in the river.’
    • ‘Christian had told me about the crash, and the fact that the car had gone over a cliff on a hairpin bend.’
    • ‘At the end of another descent and hairpin bend there was a hidden waterfall that came right up to the side of the road.’
    • ‘There are the special stages - typically around 25 per three-day rally - where drivers hit speeds of up to 130 mph on rutted dusty roads with plenty of hairpin bends and little room for error.’
    • ‘Two cars at a time raced side-by-side around a purpose-built floodlit track which included a water splash, a breathtaking jump and long, sweeping hairpin bends.’
    • ‘Winding roads, with nail-biting hairpin bends, offer views over steep wooded slopes and the jagged profile of the Alpi Apuane mountain range, where chestnut trees, olive groves and tall cypresses proliferate.’
    bend, turn, loop, curl, twist, hook
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