Not only are fewer people smoking, but among people who smoke, the frequency has plummeted.
Richardson is now the lamest of lame ducks; his in-state approval ratings have plummeted to his all-time low of 41 percent.
State funding for public colleges and universities has plummeted, decreasing by 40 percent across the country since 1980.
The most preventable cause of death—smoking—has plummeted among Americans in recent years.
Application rates have soared and admissions rates have plummeted.
White Bear heard an amazed murmur from the crowd, and he himself felt his heart drop as if he plummeted unaware into a deep pit.
He ripped himself out of the harness and plummeted down the last ten feet, his body driving deep into the icy cold water.
The bottle fell like a stone, plummeted straight down and crashed into a million fragments on the floor of the satellite.
Between the cars that plummeted 191 feet to the sea and the people drowned in the trains, the deaths were mounting.
He plunged deep into icy water and struggled frantically as he plummeted into the depths.
late 14c., "ball of lead, plumb of a bob-line," from Old French plomet "graphite, lead; plummet, sounding lead," diminutive of plom "sounding lead" (see plumb (n.)).
1620s, "to fathom, take soundings," from plummet (n.). Meaning "to fall rapidly" first recorded 1933, perhaps originally among aviators. Related: Plummeted; plummeting.