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soft landing

noun, Economics
a slowing down of economic growth at a manageable rate relative to inflation and unemployment.


[sawf-land, soft-] /ˈsɔfˌlænd, ˈsɒft-/
verb (used with object)
to cause to land slowly and without jarring impact:
to soft-land the module on the planet's surface.
verb (used without object)
to land slowly and without jarring impact:
The craft will soft-land on the moon.
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soft-lander, noun Unabridged
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  • When a thousand-pound animal trips in midair, a soft landing is not generally possible.
  • These are serious risks, though the data so far points to a soft landing.
  • The search for a soft landing is beginning to take its toll.
  • He is among many praying for a soft landing for house prices.
  • But by common consent, maintaining these surpluses and engineering a soft landing requires policy changes.
  • Make sure there is a safe, soft landing surface below the equipment such as mulch or wood chips.
British Dictionary definitions for soft landing

soft landing

a landing by a spacecraft on the moon or a planet at a sufficiently low velocity for the equipment or occupants to remain unharmed
a decrease in demand that does not result in a country's economy falling into recession
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soft landing

noun phrase

A slowing of the economy without a crash or recession: A weakening dollar clearly holds risks for the White House, where prospects of a soft landing after 48 months of economic growth offered some hope (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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