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go into a nosedive

1. Of an aircraft, to go into a sudden and rapid descent toward the ground leading with the nose of the plane. Everyone started panicking when we went into a nosedive, but the skilled pilot managed to regain control of the plane and landed it safely.
2. Of a person, to fall toward the ground face first. I was so distracted by the girl I like in class that I ended up tripping and going into a nosedive right in front of her.
3. To suddenly and rapidly begin to decline in physical, emotional, or psychological health or stability; to suffer a sudden loss or decline in value or success. My father held out bravely in his fight against cancer, but I'm afraid he's gone into a nosedive in the last couple of weeks. Shares in the company went into a nosedive when news of the tax scandal went public.
See also: go, nosedive

take a nosedive

1. Of an aircraft, to go into a sudden and rapid descent toward the ground leading with the nose of the plane. Everyone went into a panic when we started taking a nosedive, but the skilled pilot managed to regain control of the plane and landed it safely.
2. Of a person, to fall toward the ground face first. I was so distracted by the girl I like in class that I tripped and took a nosedive right in front of her.
3. By extension, to suddenly and rapidly begin to decline in physical, emotional, or psychological health or stability; to suffer a sudden loss or decline in value or success. My father has held out bravely in his fight against cancer, but I'm afraid he's taken a nosedive in the last couple of weeks. Shares in the company are taking a nosedive ever since news of the tax scandal went public.
See also: nosedive, take

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: go, nosedive

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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He waved at people before he suddenly nosedived and landed on the ground.'
He said because the jet nosedived into a relatively small area rather than gliding down, the number of casualties had been greatly reduced.
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A light aircraft which nosedived into a field, killing all those on board, was carrying four men, police said yesterday.
Unsurprisingly, given the recent run of weak approvals, the amount of money lent also nosedived.
The FTSE 100 index nosedived more than 232 points - the biggest one-day fall for four years - to 6038.3.
The Piper Cherokee - on its way to France - nosedived into a cornfield at midday.
The Soviet-made MiG-21 nosedived into the two-storey building in the Basti Adda neighbourhood of Jullundur, witnesses said.
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Luc Ndjodo, a local government official in charge of the recovery effort, had visited the water-filled crater where Kenya Airways jet nosedived into dense forest.