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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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Carillion's market capitalisation has gone into freefall, falling from PS826m to around PS241m in a matter of days after it warned over earnings and revealed an PS845m write-off on construction contracts.
Carillion's market capitalisation has gone into freefall, falling from PS826 million to around PS240 million in a matter of days after it warned over earnings and revealed an PS845 million write-off on construction contracts.
Newcastle's season has gone into freefall since he suffered a broken bone in his back in the 4-2 victory over Southampton in February.
Kansas City have gone into freefall since Haley departed, losing seven of their eight games this season, and with wide receivers Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery, plus tight end Heath Miller, he can exact revenge against their shoddy pass defence.
Since they finished just four points off the title four years ago, they've gone into freefall and the limit of their ambition this season is to finish in the top four.
The Jambos should have had a place in Europe sown up but they have gone into freefall, winning only one of their last eight games.
The poll shows Labor's primary vote has gone into freefall, plunging six points in a week to 36 per cent while the Coalition's primary vote rose four points to 45 per cent.
Satyam shares have gone into freefall, closing at 23.
The British number two has gone into freefall since reaching a career-high 108 in the rankings last summer and despite offering meaningful resistance on Court 11, Bolelli proved too strong.
City collected pounds 21million from the Stamford Bridge outfit for Wright-Phillips last summer, since when the winger's career has gone into freefall.
Rangers drew first blood in the opening Old Firm derby of the season but, while Celtic recovered and regrouped, the Scottish champions have gone into freefall.
After a bright start with four wins in a row and two derby victories the Villagers have gone into freefall.
A FEW weeks ago this clash was eagerly awaited as a title-decider, but since then Liverpool have gone into freefall, Arsenal have got found out, and Manchester United have decided one season without a championship is long enough.
Enticing more youngsters to the ballot box has been identified as a crucial part of South Staffordshire Council's fight to hold up poll turnouts, which have gone into freefall over the last 20 years.
Carillion's market capitalisation has gone into freefall, dropping from PS826m to around PS240m in a matter of days after it warned over earnings and revealed an PS845m write-off on construction contracts.