noun, Also, tail spin
spin (def 23).
a sudden and helpless collapse into failure, confusion, or the like.
verb (used without object), tailspinned, tailspinning.
to take or experience a sudden and dramatic downturn:
After the mill closes, the local economy may tailspin.
(aeronautics) another name for spin (sense 16)
(informal) a state of confusion or panic
see: go into a tailspin


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