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  • v. Present participle of spiral.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. in the shape of a coil


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  • In the movie, the rescue occurs, but felt as cut off at the knees as the ending to Star Wars, with the villain spiraling off into space while the heroes celebrate a momentary victory.

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  • But for every “me” who can get the care, there are countless others who will suffer for days, and weeks, and months in spiraling pain and equally spiraling ill health.

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  • That means an increased number of clubs pursuing a mostly middling crop of free agent pitchers, resulting in spiraling contract numbers.

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  • Since every new screening test, drug, procedure or technique trumpets its global cost-savings, why is the cost of medical care once again spiraling out of control as managed care wanes?


  • Bachmann Crazy Overdrive’s district (spiraling from the St Paul exurbs out to St Cloud) is definitely the most obvious casualty of contraction, as it’s more amenable for divvying up into the surrounding ones.

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  • Kirk, on the other hand, called spiraling government debt a "long-term danger to the American dream."

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  • But wire reports of "colossal damage" to Beirut in retaliation for the Hezbollah rocket attacks on Haifa tell a distinctly different story, that is, a spiraling conflict that is fast turning the capital city of a sovereign nation to rubble.


  • It was a meeting that focused largely on one of the central challenges that we must confront as we seek to achieve comprehensive reform and lay a new foundation for our economy -- and that is, the spiraling cost of health care in this country.

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  • Pro-legalization activists called the spiraling tally evidence that the government is losing the battle against marijuana, arguing that pot is no less available and no closer to being eradicated in California than it ever was.


  • And I saw the wing just kind of spiraling down, and, you know, maybe the wing may have hit something and shot it my way.

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