noun Also tail spin.
- spin(def 23).
- a sudden and helpless collapse into failure, confusion, or the like.
verb (used without object), tail·spinned, tail·spin·ning.
- to take or experience a sudden and dramatic downturn: After the mill closes, the local economy may tailspin.
- aeronautics another name for spin (def. 16)
- informal a state of confusion or panic
n.“downward spiraling dive of an aircraft,” 1916, from tail (n.1) + spin (n.). Figurative sense of “state of loss of control” is from 1928. see go into a tailspin.