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tailspin

[teyl-spin] /ˈteɪlˌspɪn/
noun, Also, tail spin
1.
spin (def 21).
2.
a sudden and helpless collapse into failure, confusion, or the like.
verb (used without object), tailspinned, tailspinning.
3.
to take or experience a sudden and dramatic downturn:
After the mill closes, the local economy may tailspin.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; tail1 + spin
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Examples from the web for tailspin
  • Despite the huge increase in fishing effort, the overall catch went into a tailspin.
  • It did spectacularly well for a number of years, then went into a tailspin.
  • Be careful not to put off a long overdue meeting as it could cause someone to go into an emotional tailspin.
  • The economy again went into a tailspin and the bank decided to retreat to zero six months later.
  • As a result, the movie industry was in a tailspin and hemorrhaging money.
  • That's expected after enduring a rapid tailspin down the standings after being atop the league a few weeks ago.
  • Companies incurred huge layoffs, unemployment skyrocketed, wages plummeted and the economy went into a tailspin.
  • All of this will create a tailspin from which it will be difficult to recover.
  • On slick trails, moderate the throttle and use the clutch to gain maximum traction with minimum tailspin.
  • Since that was the main source of revenue for the firm, it sent the company in a tailspin.
British Dictionary definitions for tailspin

tailspin

/ˈteɪlˌspɪn/
noun
1.
(aeronautics) another name for spin (sense 16)
2.
(informal) a state of confusion or panic
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Word Origin and History for tailspin
n.

"downward spiraling dive of an aircraft," 1916, from tail (n.1) + spin (n.). Figurative sense of "state of loss of control" is from 1928.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tailspin

tailspin

Related Terms

in a tailspin


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with tailspin

tailspin

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