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verb [intransitive] spiral pronunciation in British English /ˈspaɪrəl/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyspiral
he/she/itspirals
present participlespiralling
past tensespiralled
past participlespiralled
  1. 1
    to move in the shape of a spiral

    Smoke was spiralling from the burning building.

  2. 2
    to continuously become worse, more, or less
    spiral out of control:

    Crime has begun to spiral out of control in the capital.

    spiral into:

    The economic crisis could spiral into a political disaster.

    spiral up/upwards/down/downwards:

    The news sent share prices spiralling down to a five-year low.

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spiralling

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spiralling wages and costs

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