death spiral definition

  • noun:
    • The downward, corkscrew-motion of a disabled aircraft which can be unrecoverably headed for a collision.
    • A manoeuvre in which a male skater spins set up while holding one-hand of their female skating lover as she circles around him with one skate on the ice and something knee extended outward parallel towards the ice area, even while slowly reducing herself until her straight back nearly touches the ice surface.
    • the problem or strategy of one who's on a path toward some type of inevitable catastrophic failure.

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