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slump behind (someone or something)

To droop, hunch, or collapse behind someone or something. The injured soldier slumped behind the small partition to avoid the gunfire. She came and slumped behind me on the ground, resting her head on my shoulder.
See also: behind, slump

slump down in (something)

To droop, fall, or collapse physically downward into or while in something. A few students were slumping down in their chairs, very obviously trying to sleep. She was so exhausted when she came in from work that all she could do was slump down in the recliner.
See also: down, slump

slump down into (something)

To droop, fall, or collapse physically downward into or while in something. A few students were slumping down into their chairs, very obviously trying to sleep. She was so exhausted when she came in from work that all she could do was slump down into the recliner.
See also: down, slump

slump down

1. To droop, fall, or collapse physically downward. A few students were slumping down in their chairs, very obviously trying to sleep. The wounded soldier reached a bit of cover and slumped down with fatigue.
2. To decline in value, amount, rate, etc. After a very strong start to the year, the company's stocks have begun slumping down amid reports of manufacturing problems. Sales are slumping down recently, so we need a big marketing push to get them back on track.
See also: down, slump

slump over

To slouch, droop, or hunch forward or to one side. You need to stop slouching over like that while you work at the computer, or you'll give yourself major back pain down the line! Everyone in the meeting had started to slouch over, their eyes glossing over out of sheer boredom.
See also: over, slump

slump down

[for someone] to collapse and fall down; [for someone] to crumple. The shot hit Max and he slumped down. Suddenly, Mr. Wilson slumped down in pain.
See also: down, slump

slump down in(to) something

[for someone] to bend down or collapse into something, such as a chair or bed. Gary grabbed at his chest and slumped down into the bed. He slumped down into the chair and draped himself over the arm.
See also: down, slump

slump over

[for someone] to collapse and fall over forward in a sitting position. Just after the gunshot, Bruno slumped over and slid from his chair.
See also: over, slump
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The Royal Bank of Scotland slumped more than 11% after the US Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) filed claims against three UK banks as part of actions relating to the sub-prime mortgage scandal.
As she struggled to keep her eyes open in the lift, Victoria slumped over the metal bar and shut her eyes for a moment.
Pre-tax profits slumped to pounds 500,000 in 2009 against pounds 14.
As I looked into the doorway I saw a woman slumped in the doorway," she said.
Hoping to make amends for Saturday's desperate six-wicket defeat at Wellington, which was completed with 20 overs to spare, England instead slumped to even greater depths in the second game of the five-match series.
At the far end other elements of the composition were preserved in something resembling the original constellation: the green-fudge mutant slumped in his chair, the axe-wielding psycho woman, the armless soda sipper, all gathered around the fire.
The growth rate of investment slumped to about 10 percent from over 60 percent.
As Young slumped to his knees, Brett Schott, an unarmed, plain-clothes Wal-Mart security guard, jumped on Beckman from behind.
On one dive, the researchers discovered a fresh, amphitheater-shaped scar, created when a giant chunk of sediment slumped downhill.
James reported that their share has slumped to approximately one-third.