nose dive


noun Also, nose dive.
a plunge of an aircraft with the forward part pointing downward.
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.
to go into a nosedive: a warning that prices might nosedive.

1910–15; nose + dive Unabridged
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nose dive
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
3.  to perform or cause to perform a nose dive
4.  informal (intr) to drop suddenly

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