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plummet (down) to (something or some place)

1. To freefall down to some lower place or level from a high place or position. He teetered precariously on the edge of the building before plummeting to the ground. I stood watching in horror as the vase with my grandfather's ashes came plummeting down to the floor from the mantelpiece.
2. To suffer a very sudden, severe drop down to some lower position of value, esteem, success, etc. The company's stock plummeted down to its lowest level in nearly two decades. After a brief stint in the top ten of the billboards chart, the band's new album plummeted to number 75 in its second week.
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plummet (down) to earth

To freefall down to the ground from a very great height. He teetered precariously on the edge of the building before plummeting to earth. The plane was plummeting down to earth when the pilot managed to get one of the engines back online and pulled the aircraft out of its freefall.
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plummet to earth

to fall rapidly to earth from a great height. The rocket plummeted to earth and exploded as it struck. As the plane plummeted to earth, all the people on the ground were screaming.
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plummet to something

to drop or fall to some level or low point. Stock prices plummeted to record low levels. The rock plummeted to the river at the base of the cliff.
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Dan Johnson, Lobo Plummet noncommissioned officer in charge and 114th Munitions Flight chief, explained that Lobo Plummet has provided valuable training for the 114th Maintenance Group as well.
"Plummet 2 utilises the Powerfan - a highly engineered machine that is able to provide a near freefall experience, in safety and without the need to deploy a parachute or strap yourself by the ankle to a bungee cord.
"Plummet 2, utilises the powerfan - a highly engineered machine that is able to provide a near freefall experience, in safety and without the need to deploy a parachute or strap yourself by the ankle to a bungee cord.
The control set (10) is a separate plummet, which allows to perform control of inclinations of the particular plummets of the basic set (9) according to the formula 1:
Roscosmos predicts that only between 20 and 30 fragments of the Phobos probe with a total weight of up to 200 kilograms (440 pounds) will survive the re-entry and plummet to Earth.
9 May 2011 - Shares in Diamyd Medical AB (STO: DIAM B) plummeted more than 80% in morning trade on the stock exchange in Stockholm after the company announced disappointing phase III results for its diabetes vaccine candidate Diamyd.
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Walter Plummet, the clarinetist, nodded back soberly, like a concert soloist receiving an ovation led by the director of a symphony orchestra.
This follows a three-month pilot scheme in South Wales which has seen such crime plummet.
Report says freer trade would cause Japan's food self-sufficiency to plummet: If Japan does away with import tariffs and all other barriers to foreign farm goods, as much as $30 billion worth of the country's domestic agricultural output would be lost and its food self-sufficiency would plummet to less than 20 percent from close to 40 percent now, according to an estimate by Japan's Agriculture Ministry.
The economic think-tank's annual report for 2006 saw Ontario plummet from third to sixth in the country.
But a new glass-bottomed platform will ensure that sightseers won't plummet 1,200 meters (4,000 feet) to the canyon floor below.
Plummet promptly sued for spousal support and to overturn the prenuptial agreement in order to gain access to what would have amounted to millions of McMillan's earned income.
San Diego, which eschewed broken-windows theories, saw its violent crime rate plummet as rapidly as New York's in the same time period.
124), this fish is just one of many species to plummet disastrously from overfishing.