- 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
Related Words for tailspinslide, plunge, slope, declivity, tumble, grade, sag, header, slip, settlement, decline, droop, gradient, swoop, declension, inclination, sinking, crash, slant, coast
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Contemporary Examples of tailspin
Shockingly, it was not the mass gay-and-straight wedding that sent some of his peers into a tailspin that bothered Beck.He's Back! Glenn Beck Says Obama Will Throw Opponents in Internment Camps
February 6, 2014
So there we have it: another lewd, dull-witted performance has sent America into a tailspin of indignation.Miley Cyrus: The Nadir of American Civilization?
August 28, 2013
Then a white supremacist started talking segregation and everything went into a tailspin.CPAC Panel on Transcending Racist Label Breaks Down Into Verbal Chaos
March 16, 2013
Russia-U.S. relations were in a tailspin when Obama entered office.Obama: Eisenhower Republican?
July 26, 2012
A glass of wine may help you go down for the night, but a few too many can send your sleep cycle into a tailspin.Why Booze Ruins Women's Sleep
February 21, 2011
Historical Examples of tailspin
As she stepped inside this gigantic barrel her mind went into a tailspin.Hour of Enchantment
Roy J. Snell
Yes, he had all but gone into a tailspin, and that with his motor thundering at its best.
Instantly the heavy plane went into a tailspin and plunged earthward.
She side-slipped, her nose dipped down, an she went into a tailspin.
A warning from the observation towersomebody was in tailspin.
- aeronautics another name for spin (def. 16)
- informal a state of confusion or panic
see go into a tailspin.