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Definition of nosedive noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a sudden steep fall or drop; a situation where something suddenly becomes worse or begins to fail Oil prices took a nosedive in the crisis. These policies have sent the construction industry into an abrupt nosedive. (figurative) Her spirits took a sudden nosedive after her husband's death. Stock markets have crashed in the biggest nosedive this century.
  2. 2a sudden sharp fall of an aircraft toward the ground with its front part pointing down The pilot put the plane into a nosedive.
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