down cycle

noun
variants: less commonly

downcycle

Definition of down cycle

plural

down cycles

also

downcycles

  1. :  a cycle or part of a cycle marked by decline, decrease, or deterioration: such as a :  a period of economic contraction Companies that dominate the market place almost like monopolies can be reasonably sure of protecting revenues as well as margins even in an economic downcycle. — Ramkrishna Kashlekar, Economic Times, 27 May 2010 b :  a period during which something (such as a rate, price, or stock value) decreases Commercial real estate moves in cycles, and this down cycle is likely to be shallow and short-lived. — Justin Donaldson, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2013 c :  a period of decreased or decreasing success, popularity, or availability They were slow to move on from older players when their 1970s dynasty came to an end. That, along with some poor drafts, led to a down cycle for the franchise that produced just four appearances and two playoff victories in the 1980s. — Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, 19 Oct. 2014 No position values experience quite like catching, and a down cycle of young catchers has kept older backstops working. — Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 15 Mar. 2010 — compare up cycle

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1894


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