Tailspin meaning

tāl'spĭn'
The rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep, spiral spin.
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A loss of emotional control sometimes resulting in emotional collapse.
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A state of rapidly increasing depression or confusion.
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The loss of the third engine threw the plane into a tailspin.

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A severe mental or emotional collapse; emotional breakdown.

Just hours after leaving the institution, she suffered another tailspin.

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Any sharp, sustained, often uncontrollable descent or decline.

The present stock tailspin proves bankruptcy is imminent.

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Origin of tailspin

  • Compound of tail + spin.
    From Wiktionary