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- 1.1Nautical (of a boat) be overturned so that its stern pitches forward over its bows.‘the boat pitchpoled and broke its mast’
- ‘Stubb takes after it in the process of pitchpoling; with a long lance, connected to a length of rope, he darts the whale, then pulls the lance back, and repeats the process.’
- ‘It's all fun and games until something breaks or the boat pitchpoles.’
- ‘Nor is it as frightening as the one that befell Steve Fossett's boat when the mainsail got stuck in a building gale and the boat nearly pitchpoled.’
- 1.1Nautical (of a boat) be overturned so that its stern pitches forward over its bows.
Mid 17th century (as a noun): from the verb pitch + poll.
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