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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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Instead, right there on Broadway and Bleecker at 4 in the morning, I spiraled down into severe disco withdrawal, unable to accept what I already knew to be the truth: Saturday night would never be Saturday night again,
He was mostly interested in squeezing every dollar he could from the company's coffers until the company spiraled down the slippery slope to bankruptcy.
Stained-glass images of white saints, Christs and Marys watched as a procession of young African-Americans can dancers spiraled down the aisle to center stage, charging the altar with rhythm and movement.
Stanley Pringle sprained his ankle, and was followed by Terrence Romeo hurting his calf as the Batang Pier spiraled down the cellar.
As these relativistic electrons spiraled down magnetic field lines in a cloud of gas, they would emit radio waves at particular frequencies.