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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishspiralspi‧ral1 /ˈspaɪərəl $ ˈspaɪr-/ ●○○ noun [countable]  1 CFTURNa line in the form of a curve that winds around a central point, moving further away from the centre all the time2 a process, usually a harmful one, in which something gradually but continuously gets worse or betterin/into a spiral Unemployment rose and the city went into a spiral of decline.downward/upward spiral The company is in a downward spiral.3 inflationary spiralspiral adjective
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spiralIt has continued on that downward spiral since.Self-pity tends to block taking action that will be truly effective in reversing the downward spirals of primary and family diseases.Perhaps the most shocking news was that children got hit the hardest in this downward spiral.It is difficult to cook the inside spirals because of the filling so this extra time is important.downward/upward spiralAfter an unfortunate and ill-timed brush with the law, it was almost impossible for Marinello to arrest his downward spiral.My theory is we're going into this horrible downward spiral and Clinton is a poor imitation of Kennedy.It has continued on that downward spiral since.At that point, however, the still increasing emissions of carbon dioxide will begin the upward spiral once more.This has been particularly true of the hi-tech sector, hence the downward spiral in share prices.Obviously the past year I somehow got on the downward spiral at work.Self-pity tends to block taking action that will be truly effective in reversing the downward spirals of primary and family diseases.Perhaps the most shocking news was that children got hit the hardest in this downward spiral.