They were doomed to the downward spiral into oblivion as surely as the unreformed alcoholic.
The steady downward spiral of snowflakes was mesmerizing, peaceful.
It will lead to mortgage foreclosures and negative equity, leading to more foreclosures, feeding the downward spiral still more.
They were caught in what Quandt and Selznick (1984) describe as the downward spiral of low self-concept and reading failure.
The moment meaningful communication collapses, marriages enter a downward spiral from which it's difficult to recover.