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free fallnoun [U]

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

physics a fast fall from a great height under the influence of gravity (= the natural force that attracts things toward the earth) without any other force acting to reduce speed: The parachutists are briefly in free fall before opening their parachutes.
  • free fall noun [U] (LOSS)

a sudden, fast loss, 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)

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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 stock market went into free fall, plummeting an additional in (a) free fall Profits are in free fall, 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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