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[free-fawl] /ˈfriˌfɔl/
verb (used without object), free-fell, free-fallen, free-falling.
(of parachutists) to descend initially, as for a designated interval, in a free fall:
The jumpers were required to free-fall for eight seconds.
denoting or suggesting a free fall:
a free-fall recession.
free fall (def 1, 2). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It won't help those of us who are already in freefall, but it will end an abusive cycle.
  • It probably depends on the country, but many lion populations are in freefall.
  • They spread their arms and legs in freefall, deploy a parachute about two-thirds of the way down, and land safely on the ground.
  • The last time it happened, the market for trucks went into freefall.
  • The latest statistics do not show an economy in freefall.
  • Sales were reportedly much better than last year, when shopping was stalled by the shock of financial freefall.
  • Were the dollar to go into freefall, as opposed to a measured decline, that too could cause a collapse in economic confidence.
  • After the brief but heart-pounding freefall, you receive an incredible view as you float gently to the ground.
  • His descent set another record for the longest parachute freefall.
  • Instead, they walked away from them, sending the market into a freefall from which it never recovered.
Word Origin and History for freefall

also free fall, free-fall, 1919, originally of parachutists and in rocketry, from free (adj.) + fall (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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