tailspin

noun

tail·​spin ˈtāl-ˌspin How to pronounce tailspin (audio)
1
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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Example Sentences

Stock prices are in a tailspin. The team went into a tailspin and lost six straight games.
Recent Examples on the Web The shocking defeat of one of the best chess players in the world sparked accusations of cheating and has thrown the sport into a tailspin over the last few weeks. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, 15 Sep. 2022 Ingrid lands a major legal win right before an unexpected betrayal sends her into a tailspin. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, 27 Aug. 2022 In between all the competition series' antics though, fans are in a tailspin from a sweet intimate moment that happened between coaching couple, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 14 Aug. 2022 The evaporation of international aid to the country, compounded by U.S. sanctions that froze some $7 billion of Afghan foreign reserves, sent Afghanistan’s economy into a tailspin. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2022 The Three Arrows Capital, which had invested $200 million in the Luna tokens, also went into a tailspin. Yiwen Lu, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2022 But Keisha's unrealistic expectations of herself can send her into a tailspin. Melody Wilding, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Zayn Malik just sent the internet into a tailspin with his latest Instagram post. Hedy Phillips, PEOPLE.com, 28 July 2022 The shellacking came as the Bulls were in the midst of a tailspin, and Milwaukee was without Khris Middleton. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Tailspin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailspin. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

tailspin

noun

tail·​spin ˈtāl-ˌspin How to pronounce tailspin (audio)
: a dive by an airplane turning in a circle

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Last Updated: 21 Sep 2022

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