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.
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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