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A series of thoughts or actions which feeds back into itself, causing a situation to become progressively worse. It is worse than a vicious circle, which is self-sustaining in its current state.
They were doomed to the downward spiral into oblivion as surely as the unreformed alcoholic.
The moment meaningful communication collapses, marriages enter a downward spiral from which it's difficult to recover.
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.
When they were two and four, my downward spiral took hold.
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