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.
- 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.
- French: vrille
- Russian: што́пор
- French: chute libre
tailspin (tailspins, present participle tailspinning; past and past participle tailspun)
- Of an aircraft: to go into a rapid, uncontrollable descent in a steep spiral.
- (figurative) To go into a sharp, sustained, often uncontrollable descent or decline.
- French: tomber en vrille
- Spanish: entrar en barrena
- Spanish: tomber en chute libre