downward spiral


: a situation in which something continuously decreases or gets worse
Her life was in a downward spiral as she battled depression and addiction.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Those buildings might not be able to get the financing needed to do upgrades, thus starting a downward spiral. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 17 Feb. 2023 Opposite Odenkirk, Enos stars as Hank’s wife, Lily, who as a result of Hank’s downward spiral, begins to question the choices she’s made and the direction her life is headed. Charna Flam, Variety, 15 Feb. 2023

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“Downward spiral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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