Definition of tailspin in English:

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tailspin

Pronunciation: /ˈteɪlspɪn/

noun

1A spin by an aircraft.
Example sentences
  • About 600 miles out, Erwin broadcast a frantic message that he was in a tailspin and headed for the ocean below.
  • They don't pull the joystick until the tailspin is imminent.
  • The plane then went into a tailspin, rushing towards the ground below.
1.1A state of rapidly increasing chaos or panic: the rise in interest rates sent the stock market into a tailspin
More example sentences
  • When the airline industry went into a tailspin, the government, banks and other backers rallied round.
  • The telecom industry was already in a tailspin, so no one wanted to take on the added risk of doing business in areas where they couldn't be sure they'd get paid.
  • The stock price of the combined company declined more than 75 percent as Wall Street went into a tailspin and advertising swooned.

verb (tailspins, tailspinning; past and past participle tailspun)

[no object]
Become increasingly chaotic and out of control: an economy tailspinning into chaos
More example sentences
  • But now, if the doom-mongers are to be believed, the group will tailspin and be sold off bit by bit to the highest bidder.
  • After the death of his sister, Vincent’s life began to tailspin out of control.
  • Someone very wise told me, when the economy started to tailspin, that there was no better time to start a company than during a down market, because if you can survive a down market you can survive anything.

Origin

First World War: from tail1 + spin (noun).

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