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noun [C]     /ˈspaɪə.rəl/ US  /ˈspaɪr.əl/
a shape made up of curves , each one above or wider than the one before: A corkscrew is spiral- shaped .Bends, loops and curves downward spiral C2 a situation in which a price , etc. becomes lower , or a situation gets worse and is difficult to control because one bad event causes another: This year's downward spiral of house prices has depressed the market . We must avoid the downward spiral in which unemployment leads to homelessness and then to crime .Uncontrolled
(Definition of spiral noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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