AskDefine | Define tailspin

Dictionary Definition



1 loss of emotional control often resulting in emotional collapse
2 rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral [syn: spin]

User Contributed Dictionary



Compound of tail + spin.


  1. The rapid, uncontrollable descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral.
    The loss of the third engine threw the plane into a tailspin.
  2. A severe mental or emotional collapse; emotional breakdown.
    Just hours after leaving the institution, she suffered another tailspin.
  3. Any sharp, sustained, often uncontrollable descent or decline.
    The present stock tailspin proves bankruptcy is imminent.


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The term Tailspin can refer to several things:
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