tailspin

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noun tail·spin \ -ˌspin \

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

  1. Stock prices are in a tailspin.

  2. The team went into a tailspin and lost six straight games.

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First Known Use of tailspin

1917


TAILSPIN Defined for English Language Learners

tailspin

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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

tailspin

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noun tail·spin \ ˈtāl-ˌspin \

Definition of tailspin for Students

:a dive by an airplane turning in a circle


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