tailspin

noun
tail·​spin | \ ˈtāl-ˌspin How to pronounce tailspin (audio) \

Definition of tailspin

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

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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 on the Web Our unwitting guide is Petrov (Semyon Serzin), a comic book artist whose bout of flu sends viewers into a tailspin. CNN, 17 July 2021 Their father's death sent his musician brother Jordan into a tailspin, McGlashen said. BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2021 Their father's death sent his musician brother Jordan into a tailspin, McGlashen said. Mike Stobbe, ajc, 15 July 2021 Their father's death sent his musician brother Jordan into a tailspin, McGlashen said. CBS News, 14 July 2021 Their father’s death sent his musician brother Jordan into a tailspin, McGlashen said. Mike Stobbe, Anchorage Daily News, 14 July 2021 Their father's death sent his musician brother Jordan into a tailspin, McGlashen said. Mike Stobbe, Chron, 14 July 2021 Rath’s defeat, coupled with the 1980s farm crisis, sent Waterloo into an economic tailspin that the Black community never fully recovered from. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, 21 Dec. 2020 Even the slightest hint of an impending revaluation of the dollar would have sent financial markets into a tailspin. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, 9 July 2021

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First Known Use of tailspin

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tailspin was in 1917

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23 Jul 2021

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“Tailspin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailspin. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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tailspin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tailspin

: a condition in which an airplane is falling rapidly while turning around and around
: a state in which something quickly becomes much worse

tailspin

noun
tail·​spin | \ ˈtāl-ˌspin How to pronounce tailspin (audio) \

Kids Definition of tailspin

: a dive by an airplane turning in a circle

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