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.
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How to use tailspin in a sentence
The various schemes and lost money sent the agency meant to foster economic development in the Shenandoah Valley area into a tailspin, with several civil lawsuits still pending.Federal charges filed against former EDA director in Front Royal | Antonio Olivo | August 31, 2021 | Washington Post
Molly Shannon and Case Walker in The Other TwoThe attention throws Cary’s life into a tailspin, a clever narrative device that reveals how Chase’s fame impacts his siblings.‘The Other Two’ Roasted Justin Bieber and Became TV’s Funniest Millennial Comedy | Kevin Fallon | August 25, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Since that day in mid-June, Chicago has gone into a full tailspin, losing 19 of its past 25 games.This Trade Deadline Could Break Up The Cubs’ Almost-Dynasty | Neil Paine (email@example.com) | July 16, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Domitrovich’s business challenges no longer stem from wary diners or capacity limits that sent sales volume into a tailspin last year.This Should Be a Boom Time for Restaurants. But Owners—and the Few Workers Remaining—Are Struggling | Emily Barone | June 29, 2021 | Time
Not only is GameStop in a tailspin, but traders are quickly unwinding Monday’s silver rally.
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 | Caitlin Dickson | February 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So there we have it: another lewd, dull-witted performance has sent America into a tailspin of indignation.
Then a white supremacist started talking segregation and everything went into a tailspin.CPAC Panel on Transcending Racist Label Breaks Down Into Verbal Chaos | Caitlin Dickson | March 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Russia-U.S. relations were in a tailspin when Obama entered office.
Today, it is widely assumed that a default in Greece will send the world into a financial and then economic 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.Riddle of the Storm | Roy J. Snell
Instantly the heavy plane went into a tailspin and plunged earthward.Riddle of the Storm | Roy J. Snell
She side-slipped, her nose dipped down, an she went into a tailspin.Famous Flyers | David Goodger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A warning from the observation towersomebody was in tailspin.Famous Flyers | David Goodger (email@example.com)
British Dictionary definitions for tailspin
aeronautics another name for spin (def. 16)
informal a state of confusion or panic
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Other Idioms and Phrases with tailspin
see go into a tailspin.
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