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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 other aircraft pretty much stayed intact and started spiralling down."
Nationally there is no outlet for hides, and the UK meat market is in danger of spiralling down to collapse if nothing is done to either restart exports as soon as possible, or to prevent the lamb destined for export from flooding on to the home market.
Strong competition, soaring health care and raw material costs and a slide in US market share have sent both GM and Ford spiralling down into the red this year.
It was that kind of charlie big-potatoes attitude which sent Scottish football spiralling down the road to financial ruin.
This is pure theatre with a staircase spiralling down from an upper balcony where guests or fashion models can make a grand entrance a la Ziegfeld Follies.
A range of standard fittings is available and the conduit itself has an annular ring design to give flexibility and stop fluid spiralling down its length.
"We can help you stop that money spiralling down the plug hole."
"So rather than talk about how it is spiralling down, how do we go out there and make this a dynamic and even more successful sport?
A long-serving Corrie worker said yesterday: "This has sent morale spiralling down further than it was.