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.
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.

Origin of nosedive

First recorded in 1910–15; nose + dive
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