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free fall

noun
     
Related topics: Air
free fall , free-fall [singular, uncountable]
1TTA the movement of someone or something through the air without engine power, for example before a parachute opens after someone has jumped out of a plane
in/into free fall
The spacecraft is now in free fall towards the Earth.
2 a very fast and uncontrolled fall in the value of something:
the free-fall in housing prices
in/into free fall
The economy is in free fall.
free-falling adjective

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