slump

To slump is to fall or slouch down. It's also a downturn in performance — a struggling ballplayer and a sinking economy are both in a slump.

There are many kinds of slumps, but they all involve things going downhill. If you slide down in your chair, you slump. Other slumps are less physical. If a successful quarterback starts losing games and throwing interceptions, that's a slump. The original meaning of slump, back in the 1670s, was "fall or sink into a muddy place," while the more figurative meanings came much later.

Definitions of slump
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v fall or sink heavily

“He slumped onto the couch”
Synonyms:
sink, slide down
Type of:
break, cave in, collapse, fall in, founder, give, give way
break down, literally or metaphorically

v assume a drooping posture or carriage

Synonyms:
slouch
Type of:
droop, flag, sag, swag
droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness

v fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly

Synonyms:
fall off, sink
drop, drop down, sink
fall or descend to a lower place or level
Type of:
drop
go down in value

v go down in value

“prices slumped
Synonyms:
correct, decline
Type of:
come down, descend, fall, go down
move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

n a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality

“the team went into a slump
Synonyms:
drop-off, falling off, falloff, slack
Type of:
declension, decline in quality, deterioration, worsening
process of changing to an inferior state

n a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment

Synonyms:
depression, economic crisis
Examples:
Great Depression
the economic crisis beginning with the stock market crash in 1929 and continuing through the 1930s
Type of:
crisis
an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty
economic condition
the condition of the economy

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