careen careen  /kə ˈrin/


  1. (n) pitching dangerously to one side
  2. (v) walk as if unable to control one's movements
  3. (v) move sideways or in an unsteady way



  1. The words careen off one another like balls on a billiard table until they settle down, at which point you can set them in motion again or choose a new word.
  2. And so, as Iraq appears to careen down the road to civil war and the bloodletting gathers momentum, we are offered Zarqawi as an explanation.
  3. But at the same time, many on Wall Street and in Washington fear that the correction could careen into an economic cataclysm.



  1. Mee describes his work as "broken, jagged, filled with sharp edges, filled with things that take sudden turns, careen into each other, smash up, veer off in sickening turns," and he does not exaggerate.
    on Jan 28, 2005 By: Charles Mee Source: Yale Daily News

  2. But Biden says time is running out for such options "because we continue to careen off the road, based on the false choice - more of the same and handing off the war to the next president, or in the case of some of my Democratic colleagues, leaving...
    on Aug 1, 2007 By: Joe Biden Source: San Diego Union Tribune

  3. "California needs fundamental reform," said Senate Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Temecula. "We can't simply careen from budget crisis to budget crisis."
    on May 20, 2009 By: Dennis Hollingsworth Source: San Jose Mercury News

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