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[doun-swing] /ˈdaʊnˌswɪŋ/
a downward swing, as of a golf club in driving a ball.
a downward trend or decrease, as of business or a nation's birth rate.
Origin of downswing
1895-1900; down1 + swing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for downswing
  • The factors contributing to each upswing and subsequent downswing in the economy vary with each episode.
  • Jazz, already on the downswing with the onslaught of rock, went into a decade of near-hibernation.
  • Following two years of economic downswing, the outlook for the near future is gradually improving.
  • The resulting economic downswing created significant hardships on the farming community.
  • The widening of the federal budget deficit during the course of the recession more than accounted for the downswing in net saving.
  • These programs take on a special urgency during this national economic downswing.
  • And, with the economic downswing we're facing, people are more and more concerned with the costs of environmental compliance.
British Dictionary definitions for downswing


a statistical downward trend in business activity, the death rate, etc
(golf) the downward movement or line of a club when striking the ball
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