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soft landing

noun
     
Related topics: Space
soft landing [countable]
1TTS a situation in which a spacecraft comes down onto the ground gently and without any damage [≠ crash landing]
2 if the economy of a country has a soft landing, it does not experience bad effects after an attempt to control increases in the cost of living:
Hopes for a soft landing have faded.

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