spiral down


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spiral down

1. To travel down (something) in a twirling or spiraling motion. After the second engine went dead, the plane started spiraling down to the ground. I pulled the plug and watched the water spiral down the drain.
2. Of some measurement or value, to decrease very rapidly. The company's stock prices have spiraled down since the CEO's arrest, dropping nearly 18 points in two days. As the sun set the temperature began spiraling down, so I knew we needed to find shelter soon.
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spiral down

to descend in a spiral path. The ancient trail spiraled down the mountain peak. A path spiraled down and at the bottom was a small refreshment stand.
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The idea is to spiral down over an airport to line up with a runway with just enough height and speed for a power-off landing.
Thus, a foundation existed for the performances of "Spiral Down," Follower 2" and "Brand New World."
We were beginning to spiral down that long dreadful path to the end of a marriage.
Otherwise, you could spiral down and damage your marriage beyond repair and end up losing both women, which would be a tragedy.
Skillfully, they chasse out, uniformly break into deep contractions, then spiral down to the floor.
* Wind decorative ribbon in a spiral down the ivy tree as shown at right.
That will mean lower corporate earnings, causing stocks to spiral down. Stocks will drop and companies will then need to lay-off workers to cut costs.
These displays result when electrically charged particles trapped by a planet's magnetic field spiral down field "lines" and hit molecules in the atmosphere.
Witnesses spotted a flap blow off so there was no control of the plane, and it was seen to spiral down.
While receiving vectors in an attempt to locate the VFR-only airport, the pilot stated, "actually the field is directly under me if I could, ah, spiral down." The controller then cleared the flight for a visual approach.