nosedive

[ nohz-dahyv ]
/ ˈnoʊzˌdaɪv /

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.

Origin of nosedive

First recorded in 1910–15; nose + dive
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n.

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

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