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go into a nosedive

 and take a nosedive 
1. Lit. [for an airplane] suddenly to dive toward the ground, nose first. It was a bad day for flying, and I was afraid we'd go into a nosedive. The small plane took a nosedive. The pilot was able to bring it out at the last minute, so the plane didn't crash.
2. . Fig. [for someone] to fall to the ground face first. She took a nosedive and injured her face.
3. . Fig. to go into a rapid emotional or financial decline, or a decline in health. Our profits took a nosedive last year. After he broke his hip, Mr. Brown's health went into a nosedive, and he never recovered.
See also: nosedive


n. a great drop; a great decline. (see also take a nosedive.) This year our profits have taken a nosedive.

take a nosedive

tv. to collapse; to fail. The market took a nosedive again today.
See also: nosedive, take
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Fallon's second winner was courtesy of the Richard Guesttrained Nosedive.
The plane then went into a nosedive for maybe just a few seconds and then obviously the pilot was able to take control of the plane again and put it down eventually.
Then the engine on the right side blew up and it went straight down into a nosedive.
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He only did five significant moves, including a no-hander and no-footer into a nosedive 360.
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Sadly, with their proliferation, quality has taken a nosedive.
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