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go into free fall

To experience a sudden, rapid, and uncontrollable decline (e.g., in value, reputation, success, etc.) that continues unabated for an indefinite length of time. The stock market went into free fall after the housing market collapsed. After getting busted by the police last year, John's life has gone into free fall.
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go into freefall

JOURNALISM
COMMON If the value or level of something goes into freefall, it starts to fall very quickly. A massive £8bn was wiped off values, and the pound went into freefall. Fears are now widespread that shares could go into freefall before Christmas. Note: You can also say that the value or level of something is in freefall. Perot's ratings were in freefall, his election campaign a disaster. Note: You can also say that the value or level of something freefalls. His career seemed about to freefall into oblivion. Note: In parachuting, freefall is the part of the jump before the parachute opens.
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be in/go into ˌfree ˈfall

be falling/start to fall rapidly: Share prices are in free fall in Tokyo this morning.The value of the euro against the dollar went into free fall as soon as the news was announced.
From the moment you jump out of a plane until the moment your parachute opens, you are in free fall.
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As usual, Tom Cruise, pictured, performs his own stunts but the film goes into freefall thanks to a lack of character development.
Carla's life goes into freefall and Johnny, left, tries to play protective dad when her night of passion with Robert gets out
International observers are unable to do much, except tightening sanctions on Russia while the Ukrainian economy also goes into freefall.
AS the Greeks face going bust and the euro goes into freefall.
Usually someone goes into freefall and finds it hard to pick up points.
Instead, there's trendy novelist Betty (Sandrine Kiberlain) whose life goes into freefall after the tragic death of her young son.
The smirkers, the smilers, the grinners, the laugh-out-louders and the outright cacklers all add to the welter of fun as feelgood comedy goes into freefall.
I have yet to detect a groundswell of support for immediate entry or the ten per cent pay cut that would follow entry into the single currency as the euro goes into freefall.
But if England's tour of New Zealand goes into freefall like a Kiwi bungee jumper, then his first problem is going to be: Who leads my team?