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noun [singular]     tailspin pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    informal an occasion when something or someone suddenly gets into a very bad state

    The news sent the nation’s financial markets into a tailspin.

  2. 2
    an occasion when an airplane falls in the sky with its nose (=front part) downward and its tail (=end part) spinning in a very wide circle

    The airplane went into a tailspin.



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