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English definition of “tailspin”

tailspin

noun     /ˈteɪlˌspɪn/
[C usually singular] a situation in which a plane turns round and round as it falls quickly towards the groundRevolving, rotating and spinningAviationTravelling by aircraftMovement through the air [S] a situation in which something starts to fail or lose value and gets more and more out of control: Share prices went into a tailspin when the president resigned.FailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievement
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