tailspin


tail·spin

noun \-ˌspin\

: a condition in which an airplane is falling rapidly while turning around and around

: a state in which something quickly becomes much worse

Full Definition of TAILSPIN

1
:  spin 2a
2
:  a mental or emotional letdown or collapse
3
:  a sustained and usually severe decline or downturn <stock prices in a tailspin>

Examples of TAILSPIN

  1. Stock prices are in a tailspin.
  2. The team went into a tailspin and lost six straight games.

First Known Use of TAILSPIN

1917

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