crash dive

a rapid dive by a submarine made at a steep angle, especially to avoid attack from a surface vessel or airplane.

1915–20 Unabridged


[krash-dahyv, -dahyv]
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), crash-dived or crash-dove, crash-dived, crash-diving.
to dive rapidly at a steep angle.

1925–30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
crash dive
1.  a sudden steep dive from the surface by a submarine
2.  (usually of an aircraft) to descend steeply and rapidly, before hitting the ground
3.  to perform or cause to perform a crash dive

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Over and over the little ducks managed to pop up, get the breath they needed, and crash dive before the eagles could reach them.
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