- spin(def 23).
- a sudden and helpless collapse into failure, confusion, or the like.
- to take or experience a sudden and dramatic downturn: After the mill closes, the local economy may tailspin.
Origin of tailspin
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Contemporary Examples of tail-spin
Introduce the concept of King Charles and Queen Camilla, and the numbers go into a tail-spin (even I get queasy).Republicans in the UK!
May 20, 2012
Historical Examples of tail-spin
- aeronautics another name for spin (def. 16)
- informal a state of confusion or panic
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see go into a tailspin.
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