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), nose·dived or nose·dove, nose·dived, nose·div·ing. Also nose-dive.
to go into a nosedive: a warning that prices might nosedive.
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Origin of nosedive
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a sudden plunge with the nose or front pointing downwards, esp of an aircraft
informal a sudden drop or sharp declineprices took a nose dive
to perform or cause to perform a nose dive
(intr) informal to drop suddenly
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