downward spiral

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

downward play
  1. : from a higher to a lower place

  2. : toward a direction that is the opposite of up

  3. : from a higher to a lower condition

  1. : moving or extending downward

  2. : descending from a head, origin, or source

spiral play
  1. : winding around a center or pole and gradually receding from or approaching it

  2. : helical

  3. : spiral-bound

  1. : the path of a point in a plane moving around a central point while continuously receding from or approaching it

  2. : a three-dimensional curve (such as a helix) with one or more turns about an axis

  3. : a single turn or coil in a spiral object

  1. : to go and especially to rise or fall in a spiral course

  2. : to form into a spiral

  3. : to cause to spiral


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