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verb [intransitive] spiral pronunciation in British English /ˈspaɪrəl/
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present tense
present participlespiralling
past tensespiralled
past participlespiralled
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  1. 1
    to move in the shape of a spiral
  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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a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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