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nosedive

[nohz-dahyv]
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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.
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verb (used without object), nose·dived or nose·dove, nose·dived, nose·div·ing. Also nose-dive.
  1. to go into a nosedive: a warning that prices might nosedive.
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Origin of nosedive

First recorded in 1910–15; nose + dive
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Related Words for nose dive

jump, descent, dive, spree, fall, dunk, decline, plunge, spill, drop, slump, recession, reduction, decrease, dip, crash, collapse, tumble, sink, skid

British Dictionary definitions for nose dive

nose dive

noun
  1. a sudden plunge with the nose or front pointing downwards, esp of an aircraft
  2. informal a sudden drop or sharp declineprices took a nose dive
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verb nose-dive
  1. to perform or cause to perform a nose dive
  2. (intr) informal to drop suddenly
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