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The Apple equivalent of the blue screen of death (Windows). The cursor changes from an arrow into the aforementioned symbol

It's appearance signals the imminent freezing of one or more programs. Typically thwarted by force-quitting the program, or in more severe cases, shutting down the computer.
Crap, there was too much to load on that girl's MySpace; I got the spinning beach ball of death.
by Sybet January 07, 2007
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The rainbow-colored beach ball/pinwheel that pops up whenever you force-close an app or your mac is slow.
Guy1: I got the spinning beach ball of death again
Guy2: So? Who cares?
by fakename06 December 28, 2018
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