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slowdown

[ sloh-doun ]
/ ˈsloʊˌdaʊn /
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noun

a slowing down or delay in progress, action, etc.
a deliberate slowing of pace by workers to win demands from their employers.
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.

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Origin of slowdown

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase slow down
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British Dictionary definitions for slowdown

slowdown
/ (ˈsləʊˌdaʊn) /

noun

the usual US and Canadian word for go-slow
any slackening of pace
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Idioms and Phrases with slowdown

slow down

1

Delay, retard, reduce speed, as in She slowed down the sled by dragging her foot, or Slow down, Bill; you're driving much too fast. [First half of 1800s] Also see slow up.

2

Become less active or vigorous, as in Now that I'm in my seventies I find I've slowed down quite a bit. [Second half of 1800s]

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