- 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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Examples from the Web for 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
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
Word Origin and History for tailspin
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with tailspin
see go into a tailspin.
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