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in a tailspin

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in a tailspin

adjective phrase

Dangerously out of control: I knew he'd be upset, but he's gone into a tail spin over this

[1928+; fr the downward spinning of an airplane, for which the term is found by 1917]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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