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[nohz-dahyv] /ˈnoʊzˌdaɪv/
noun, Also, nose dive
a plunge of an aircraft with the forward part pointing downward.
a sudden sharp drop or rapid decline:
a time when market values were in a nosedive.
verb (used without object), nosedived or nosedove, nosedived, nosediving. Also, nose-dive
to go into a nosedive:
a warning that prices might nosedive.
Origin of nosedive
First recorded in 1910-15; nose + dive Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • At first sight it seemed as if the Hun were executing a nose dive.

    Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. Percy F. Westerman
  • We were almost sure that was no atmosphere there—which meant we'd nose dive into the rocks at five thousand miles an hour.

  • We saw the German's machine dip over preparatory to starting the nose dive.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • They sent the Stuka into a nose dive, spewing bombs to lighten their load, but they were not fast enough.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • I am going to put the thing into a nose dive and let the glider go down itself.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • There was a sudden swerve that ended in a nose dive, straight toward Venus seven miles below.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • The big dirigibles also made a nose dive, and turned loose with its machine guns.

  • With the utmost difficulty Alfred succeeded in preventing her from taking a nose dive into the sea.

British Dictionary definitions for nose dive

nose dive

a sudden plunge with the nose or front pointing downwards, esp of an aircraft
(informal) a sudden drop or sharp decline: prices took a nose dive
to perform or cause to perform a nose dive
(intransitive) (informal) to drop suddenly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for nose dive

nose dive

noun phrase

A sudden and large decrease: The price of gold took a nose dive (1920+)


: Our morale nose-dived yesterday

[fr the precipitate descent of an airplane, found by 1912]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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