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  • n. Alternative term for hairpin bend


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  • haitpin turn is a section of a roadway whose path resembles that of a hairpin, doubling back on itself. Hairpin turns are commonly associated with mountain roads in which the highway has to double back on itself in order to have sufficient space to continue ascending/descending the sheer slope of the mountainside. Needless to say, hairpin turns are very dangerous and if unexpectedly encountered at high speed a likely place for an accident.

    August 4, 2009