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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 impact on our members" pay and conditions was huge and preceded an exodus from nursing, as pay and conditions spiralled down in real terms.
Sergeant John Feeney of Kent Police said: 'From the way it landed we believe it spiralled down, giving the pilot very few options.
Last month a radio controlled aircraft crashed into the downskeepers hut and in August two people complained about aircraft which spiralled down out of control.
He spiralled down at 650ft per second but brought the jet under control and landed it safely on HMS Invincible.
Then he plunged unconscious to the ground as the out-of-control glider spiralled down after him.
Labour has had total stranglehold on power in these communities for decades while the valleys have spiralled down in crushing poverty.