plunge down (something)

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plunge down (something)

To fall or plummet down something at a high and often uncontrollable speed. The bus skidded on the ice and plunged down the side of the ravine. The roller coaster plunged down the near-vertical drop, making everyone on board scream with delighted terror.
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plunge down something

to run or fall down something. The car plunged down the hill and ran into a tree at the bottom. The bicyclist plunged down the side of the hill at a great speed.
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Occasionally the Cheyennes joined the white hunters in pursuit of the elk and buffalo; and when in the ardor of the chase, spared neither themselves nor their steeds, scouring the prairies at full speed, and plunging down precipices and frightful ravines that threatened the necks of both horse and horseman.
Jim was in the act of plunging down the path to escape when the Sawhorse cried out:
It was like seeing the world fall away from underneath his feet; like plunging down into a bottomless abyss into yawning caverns of despair.
And curious as it may seem to you, my reader, sitting at home at ease and reflecting on the vast, indeed the immeasurable, wealth which we were thus abandoning, I can assure you that if you had passed some twenty-eight hours with next to nothing to eat and drink in that place, you would not have cared to cumber yourself with diamonds whilst plunging down into the unknown bowels of the earth, in the wild hope of escape from an agonising death.
At sound of this, the cry of Life plunging down from Life's apex in the grip of Death, the fall pack at Buck's heels raised a hell's chorus of delight.
Such were the ghostly sounds that roared and murmured in our ears when I took leave of the circle round the fireside of the Province House, and plunging down the door steps, fought my way homeward against a drifting snow-storm.
Then they darted around her bow and began the row down her port side, and we tacked about, crossed her bow, and went plunging down the wind hot after them.
While it roared through the steeple of St George's Church, and twirled all the cowls in the neighbourhood, it made a swoop to beat the Southwark smoke into the jail; and, plunging down the chimneys of the few early collegians who were yet lighting their fires, half suffocated them.
`Mighty Murder!' and shut down the window violently; and I could hear him plunging down the stairs inside.
In the 2.30pm incident yesterday, eight individuals including a child were injured after a lift at the Kampung Kerinchi PPR flat malfunctioned before plunging down from the fifth floor.
And he leapt at the chance to take on the challenge of plunging down the sheer face of the 30,000ft drop.
She had seemingly lost control of her vehicle, which crashed through railings before plunging down the vertical drop off Commercial Road yesterday morning.
He was driving the empty bus down Loftus Bank when the brakes failed and he risked his own life by plunging down the embankment.
Peter suffered fatal head injuries after plunging down a bank by the Mantaro River.
The Russian, who had been unseeded after plunging down the rankings due to a lengthy injury lay-off, conceded six breaks of serve during a match which lasted an hour and 29 minutes.