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vortex

noun uk   /ˈvɔː.teks/ us    /ˈvɔːr.t̬eks/ (plural vortexes or vortices   /-tɪ.siːz/    /-t̬ə-/)
[C] specialized environment a mass of air or water that spins around very fast and pulls objects into its empty centre [C usually singular] literary a dangerous or bad situation in which you become more and more involved and from which you cannot escape: I was sucked into a vortex of despair.
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