Jump to navigation Jump to search
tailspin (plural tailspins)
- (aviation) The rapid, uncontrollable descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral.
- The loss of the third engine threw the plane into a tailspin.
- (figuratively) A severe mental or emotional collapse; emotional breakdown.
- Just hours after leaving the institution, she suffered another tailspin.
- (figuratively) Any sharp, sustained, often uncontrollable descent or decline.
- The present stock tailspin proves bankruptcy is imminent.
- 2007, Perspectives on climate change, Washington : U.S. G.P.O., →ISBN, page 49:
- But I was reading a statement that either you made or was part of your movie, “An Inconvenient Truth”, and it said we have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tailspin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced.
- 2010 September, Chris Sommers, "Merge", St. Louis magazine, ISSN 1090-5723, volume 16, issue 9, page 77:
- St. Louis, the fourth-largest U.S. city in 1900, is fading fast […] . Jobs, and airline, an educated population—all gone or in a tailspin.
The rapid, uncontrollable descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- Of an aircraft: to go into a rapid, uncontrollable descent in a steep spiral.
- (figuratively) To go into a sharp, sustained, often uncontrollable descent or decline.