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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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MOSCOW: Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.
Delhi: Faced with plummeting rupee woes, Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram Monday met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the economic situation, even as Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor D Subbarao has been called to deliberate on the strategy to tackle the problem.
DEATH PLUNGE: Glenn Hudson, seen with daughter Emma, died after plummeting 150ft
Japanese Machine Orders tumbled in April by the most in five months after domestic production came to a near halt on the back of plummeting global sales.
Those jobs losses plus its plummeting profits sparked a rebellion among angry shareholders after the company awarded massive bonuses to three directors including chief executive John Watson.
Japan's largest banking group, said Thursday it expects to book appraisal losses totaling 288 billion yen on marketable securities for the October-December quarter due to plummeting domestic share prices.
After three consecutive days of hefty gains, the General Index finally broke down yesterday, plummeting 2.
With fuel prices going through the roof, gas/electricty bills going up, interest rates soaring, house prices plummeting.
I have, especially after a new story about some poor soul falling down an elevator shaft after the door had been left open or the elevator itself suddenly plummeting to the basement.
It aims first to be a paean to a mayor Siegel believes has not received enough credit; although Giuliani became a beloved national figure in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Siegel remembers and (rightly, in my opinion) resents the controversies and plummeting popularity that dimmed his second term.
But, given the governor's plummeting approval rating, few people seem to buy that argument.
Top-of-the-food-chain fish have always been the least numerous; so, overfishing such fish quickly sent their populations plummeting (SN: 7/26/03, p.