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Meaning of “free fall” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of free fall from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"free fall" in American English

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free fallnoun [U]

 /ˈfri ˌfɔl/
  • free fall noun [U] (FALL)

physics a ​fast fall from a ​greatheight under the ​influence of ​gravity (= the ​naturalforce that ​attracts things toward the ​earth) without any other ​forceacting to ​reducespeed: The parachutists are ​briefly in free fall before ​openingtheirparachutes.
  • free fall noun [U] (LOSS)

a ​sudden, ​fastloss, for ​example in ​price, ​popularity, or ​value: The ​government had to ​act to ​keep the ​dollar from going into free fall against other ​currencies.
(Definition of free fall from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"free fall" in Business English

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free fallnoun [S or U]

(also free-fall) uk   us  
a sudden ​failure or ​loss of ​value that you are unable to ​stop and which continues to get worse: go into (a) free fall The ​stockmarket went into ​freefall, ​plummeting an ​additional 27%.be in (a) free fall Profits are in ​freefall, with second-quarter ​earnings down 80% from last ​year.
(Definition of free fall from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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