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 in a Sentence
Stock prices are in a tailspin.
The team went into a tailspin and lost six straight games.
Recent Examples of tailspin from the Web
The diagnosis, no matter how it is presented, often launches parents into a tailspin of emotions equivalent to the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
But neither has been great, and during the recent tailspin, the Yankees have lost a lot of bullpen games.
The eye-popping photos featuring Drake's glistening muscles from every angle in a desert-like setting sent the internet into an all-out tailspin last week.
Months after that Jan. 30 arrest, the former three-star prospect from Orlando Bishop Moore Catholic is apologizing for the actions that led to armed burglary and theft of a firearm charges and sent his college football plans into a tailspin.
Amazon acquired Whole Foods on Friday in a blockbuster deal that sent the online retail titan's market cap soaring by $9 billion and left its competitors into a tailspin.
Meanwhile, the grocer is in a tailspin, its stock price cascading as revenue growth has fallen every year since 2012.
The first season was the worst in franchise history with a 17-65 record, but the team played better early in the second season before Jackson fired Fisher last February with the Knicks in a 1-9 tailspin.
Neris’ back-to-back-to-back homers sent the Phillies into a tailspin.
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First Known Use of tailspin
TAILSPIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tailspin for English Language Learners
: a condition in which an airplane is falling rapidly while turning around and around
: a state in which something quickly becomes much worse
TAILSPIN Defined for Kids
Definition of tailspin for Students
: a dive by an airplane turning in a circle
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