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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TAILSPIN

As she stepped inside this gigantic barrel her mind went into a tailspin.

Yes, he had all but gone into a tailspin, and that with his motor thundering at its best.

Instantly the heavy plane went into a tailspin and plunged earthward.

She side-slipped, her nose dipped down, an she went into a tailspin.

A warning from the observation towersomebody was in tailspin.

Many a time Ive seen you pull your plane out of a tailspin and make a perfect landing.

WORD ORIGIN

"downward spiraling dive of an aircraft," 1916, from tail (n.1) + spin (n.). Figurative sense of "state of loss of control" is from 1928.

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