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slowdown

[sloh-doun] /ˈsloʊˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
a slowing down or delay in progress, action, etc.
2.
a deliberate slowing of pace by workers to win demands from their employers.
3.
Sports. a holding or passing tactic by a team to retain possession of the ball, puck, etc., or use up a maximal amount of time, as to safeguard a lead or thwart a high-scoring opponent.
Origin of slowdown
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900; noun use of verb phrase slow down
Synonyms
1. slackening, falloff, decline, flagging.
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slowdown

/ˈsləʊˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
the usual US and Canadian word for go-slow
2.
any slackening of pace
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Word Origin and History for slowdown
n.

also slow-down, 1892, "act of going more slowly," from verbal phrase; see slow (v.) + down (adv.).

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