go\ into\ a\ tailspin

• go into a tailspin
• go into a nose dive
1. v. phr. informal
To fall or go down badly; collapse; give up trying.

The team went into a tailspin after their captain was hurt, and they were badly beaten.

2. informal To become very anxious, confused, or mentally sick; give up hope.

The man went into a tailspin after his wife died and he never got over it.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • go into a tailspin — or[go into a nose dive] {v. phr.}, {informal} To fall or go down badly; collapse; give up trying. * /The team went into a tailspin after their captain was hurt, and they were badly beaten./ 2. {informal} To become very anxious, confused, or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go into a tailspin — or[go into a nose dive] {v. phr.}, {informal} To fall or go down badly; collapse; give up trying. * /The team went into a tailspin after their captain was hurt, and they were badly beaten./ 2. {informal} To become very anxious, confused, or… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go into a tailspin — to quickly become worse. The country s nickel industry went into a tailspin, with production falling for five years in a row. His career went into a tailspin when he joined the New York Mets. Usage notes: sometimes used to describe someone s… …   New idioms dictionary

  • tailspin — tail|spin [ˈteılˌspın] n [C usually singular] 1.) in/into a tailspin in or into a bad situation that keeps getting worse in a way that you cannot control ▪ Raising interest rates could send the economy into a tailspin . 2.) when a plane falls… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tailspin — tail|spin [ teıl,spın ] noun singular 1. ) INFORMAL an occasion when something or someone suddenly gets into a very bad state: sending the nation s financial markets into a tailspin 2. ) an occasion when an airplane falls in the sky with its NOSE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tailspin — UK [ˈteɪlˌspɪn] / US noun [singular] 1) an occasion when a plane falls in the sky with its nose (= front part) downwards and its tail (= end part) spinning in a very wide circle The plane went into a tailspin. 2) informal an occasion when… …   English dictionary

  • tailspin — n. to go into a tailspin * * * to go into a tailspin …   Combinatory dictionary

  • tailspin — noun a) The rapid, uncontrollable descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral. The loss of the third engine threw the plane into a tailspin. b) A severe mental or emotional …   Wiktionary

  • tailspin — See: GO INTO A TAILSPIN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tailspin — See: GO INTO A TAILSPIN …   Dictionary of American idioms

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