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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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The continuous inflow of foreign money has kept it from going into freefall. The 7,800 level has proven to be a strong support level,' Eagle Equities head of research Christopher Mangun said in his weekly outlook.
Hang on, weren't the Wildcats meant to going into freefall after coach Brian Smith left, muttering that all was not well down at Belle Vue?
I CAN see the idea of Cardiff going car-free (Echo, July 17) going down well, with the city's finances going into freefall from the loss of all the revenue from the parking/permit fees, traffic violation fines, car-park building rates, etc, which run into thousands of pounds per year.
STUART BANNIGAN insists Jags boss Alan Archibald doesn't need to worry yet about going into freefall like Hibs did last season.
But, likewise, this film never recovers after going into freefall beyond the opening scenes.
There was talk of them going into freefall and slipping straight through to League I.
While Johnson struggles to regain his fitness, Hodgson can soothe himself in the knowledge that he has probably rescued Damien Duff's career from going into freefall.
But, it is apparent the Merseysiders have a lot of work to do if they are to avoid going into freefall.
FARNBOROUGH, England: A $40 billion spree by Gulf oil states prevented aircraft orders from going into freefall at this week's Farnborough Airshow but left little for Airbus and Boeing to scrap over for the rest of the year.
But the fall of Dravid's wicket - run out by Farveez Maharoof - triggered India's innings going into freefall, with none of their last six batsman able to muster double figures.
Jocky Scott's men seem to be going into freefall and also have a lousy record at home.
We need political action to stop the oil industry and the jobs which depend on it going into freefall.
Trouble is, I fear us going into freefall like Charlton if we don't go up this season.
But farmers fear a long-term ban would cost the industry tens of millions of pounds and see prices going into freefall.
With massive debts, very little income and minimal support from senior club members who seem reluctant to rally round, Waterloo are in real danger of going into freefall.