down·​slide | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌslīd How to pronounce downslide (audio) \

Definition of downslide

: a downward movement

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Only that will prevent this national disappointment from becoming a perpetual downslide. Luke Kerr-dineen, USA TODAY, "Why Arena has to go after the USMNT's humiliation," 11 Oct. 2017 Louisville throttled Miami 31-7 — starting a downslide that culminated with coach Larry Coker's firing at the end of the season. USA TODAY, "Payback: Celebrations like Sooners' Mayfield often bring it," 14 Sep. 2017 Housing has been a major concern as construction was on the downslide through the spring. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "U.S. Housing Starts Jumped in June," 19 July 2017 During Portland's recent downslide, the defense has had some struggles., "Portland Timbers concede early goal in 1-0 loss to Seattle Sounders: 5 takeaways," 28 May 2017 There’s trouble in paradise: Hutton is unfaithful, distant and on a steep financial downslide. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Movie Review: ‘Nocturnal Animals’," 17 Nov. 2016 Le Pen still won a record of nearly 11 million votes and the National Front still remains a force in France, despite the fact that the party seems to be on the downslide. Clio Chang, New Republic, "After Theresa May’s self-own and UKIP’s humiliation, is the global right in retreat?," 9 June 2017 With the recent downslide, Portland has completely lost the advantage the club gained by a strong start to the year., "Portland Timbers concede early goal in 1-0 loss to Seattle Sounders: 5 takeaways," 28 May 2017 This is a legitimate worry because more and more members of the African-American middle class are finding themselves in an economic downslide, with little hope that the next generation will earn more than the one before. Salamishah Tillet, New York Times, "What TV Says About Race and Money," 6 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of downslide

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of downslide was in 1889

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English Language Learners Definition of downslide

US : a situation in which something decreases or becomes worse

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