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JIBE, not jive.

It was a nautical term from the sailing days and meant coordinating the movement of the boom during tacking to sail upwind.  So by extension it means to coordinate.

I guess that the name jib for one of the sails is related.

The 1913 Webster's dicitionary gave gybe as the preferred spelling.

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