- 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.
- to go into a nosedive: a warning that prices might nosedive.
Origin of nosedive
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Examples from the Web for nosedive
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We have never seen a nosedive this dramatic in the recent history of this country.
But the plan misfired, and when Laura found herself on her own at college, her high-flying life went into a nosedive.Laura Johnson, London’s Poor Little Rich Rioter, Awaits Sentencing
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Perry had multiple problems beyond immigration when he began to nosedive in the polls.Newt Gingrich Doubles Down in Defending Stance on Illegal Immigration
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