down turn

downturn

[doun-turn]
noun
1.
an act or instance of turning down or the state of being turned down: the downturn of a lower lip in a permanent pout.
2.
a turn or trend downward; decrease or decline: The new year brought a downturn in the cost of living.

Origin:
1925–30; noun use of verb phrase turn down

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downturn (ˈdaʊnˌtɜːn)
 
n
a drop or reduction in the success of a business or economy

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downturn
1926 in the economic sense, from down (adv.) + turn (n.).
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