pitchpole

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pitch·pole

 (pĭch′pōl′)
intr. & tr.v. pitch·poled, pitch·pol·ing, pitch·poles Nautical
To flip or cause to flip end over end: The raft pitchpoled in the rapids.

pitchpole

(ˈpɪtʃˌpəʊl)
vb (intr)
1. informal to go head over heels or turn end over end
2. (Nautical Terms) nautical to capsize stern over bow on hitting a steep wave
3. (Nautical Terms) nautical informal to pitch very violently on the water
n
4. dialect English a somersault or the activity of somersaulting
5. (Nautical Terms) nautical the action or occurrence of a ship pitchpoling
6. (Tools) agriculture history rare a type of harrow
References in classic literature ?
As a general thing, therefore, you must first get fast to a whale, before any pitchpoling comes into play.
It receives its designation (pitchpoling) from its being likened to that preliminary up-and-down poise of the whale-lance, in the exercise called pitchpoling, previously described.