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nosedive

[nohz-dahyv] /ˈnoʊzˌdaɪv/
noun, Also, nose dive
1.
a plunge of an aircraft with the forward part pointing downward.
2.
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
3.
to go into a nosedive:
a warning that prices might nosedive.
Origin of nosedive
1910-1915
1910-15; nose + dive
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  • A nose-dive seemed inevitable, but once more she came to position.

  • I can loop and I can write my initials in fire on a still night—but damned if I do a nose-dive with nothing but a horse under me.

    Skyrider B. M. Bower
  • As it was, it was really almost a nose-dive, and I did the first half of it with the throttle wide open.

    Many Fronts Lewis R. Freeman
  • Out of a nose-dive one Frenchman came when so near the ground that I had closed my eyes to avoid seeing the crash.

    Huts in Hell Daniel A. Poling
  • The effect will then be to keep the nose up and prevent a nose-dive.

  • It was no nose-dive, but bore all the marks of either an engine gone dead or of some mishap to the pilot.

  • She was then "on an even keel," but about to nose-dive towards the surface of the sea, barely a couple of hundred feet below.

    Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. Percy F. Westerman
  • He might have made a nose-dive, trusting to flatten out' and gain the surface of the water.

    Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. Percy F. Westerman
  • Well, Bridgeman isn't back and Tam said he saw him nose-dive behind the German trenches.

    Tam O' The Scoots Edgar Wallace
  • But he wouldn't quit yet; the activity might—probably would—take a nose-dive any instant.

    The Vortex Blaster Edward Elmer Smith
Word Origin and History for nose-dive
n.

"sudden large decrease," 1920, from airplane sense, first attested 1912, from nose (n.) + dive (n.). As a verb from 1915.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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