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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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In Rina Banerjee's dynamic unpacking of orientalist fantasy, I Dream of Genie, 2000, part sculpture, part installation, an open suitcase in an upper corner of the gallery spills a stuffed serpentine form that spirals down through a web of yellow saran wrap to a small pillow on a kind of pedestal, which sits amid an arrangement of shredded orange foam on the floor.
Victims so hooked they can't break free from a vicious cycle that spirals down into disaster and financial ruin.
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Of the more contemporary addi-tionto this stop-off on Estate Road in Clandeboye, Co Down, the centre-piece chandelier, which spirals down from the ceiling like a fairy-lit fairground helter-skelter, is simply beautiful.
It has all the usual white-knuckle rides such as The Bob - a freewheeling bobsleigh that spirals down its white-walled course - and Pegasus, a spectacular wooden rollercoaster.