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nosedive

[nohz-dahyv] /ˈnoʊzˌdaɪv/
noun, Also, nose dive
1.
a plunge of an aircraft with the forward part pointing downward.
2.
a sudden sharp drop or rapid decline:
a time when market values were in a nosedive.
verb (used without object), nosedived or nosedove, nosedived, nosediving. Also, nose-dive
3.
to go into a nosedive:
a warning that prices might nosedive.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; nose + dive
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British Dictionary definitions for nose-dive

nose dive

noun
1.
a sudden plunge with the nose or front pointing downwards, esp of an aircraft
2.
(informal) a sudden drop or sharp decline: prices took a nose dive
verb
3.
to perform or cause to perform a nose dive
4.
(intransitive) (informal) to drop suddenly
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Word Origin and History for nose-dive
n.

"sudden large decrease," 1920, from airplane sense, first attested 1912, from nose (n.) + dive (n.). As a verb from 1915.

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