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precipitous

adjective uk   /prɪˈsɪp.ɪ.təs/ us    /priːˈsɪp.ɪ.t̬əs/
If a slope is precipitous, it is very steep: a precipitous mountain pathHills and mountains If a reduction or increase is precipitous, it is fast or great: Over the past 18 months, there has been a precipitous fall in car sales.EnormousBig and quite bigFast and rapidShort in time
precipitously
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
The price of shares dropped precipitously with the news of poor sales figures.Fast and rapidShort in time
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