down·​slide ˈdau̇n-ˌslīd How to pronounce downslide (audio)
: a downward movement

Examples of downslide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the Line stars Gibson as Elvis Cooney, a veteran overnight radio shock jock whose being urged by management to change his ways since his career is on the downslide. Tim Lammers, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2024 From there, it’s been a downslide every year other than the 2021 ceremony, which managed to score 7.83 million viewers, 1.4 million higher than 2020’s ceremony. Vulture, 17 Jan. 2024 Mercurial Monday Stocks started the week in a downslide, with the S&P 500 (SPX) falling nearly 4% after the open. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 Now begins the downslide. Matthew Soderberg, Dallas News, 25 Aug. 2021 After nearly a decade of war, the country is crumbling under the weight of years-long Western sanctions, government corruption and infighting, a pandemic and an economic downslide made worse by the financial crisis in Lebanon, Syria’s main link with the outside world. Time, 12 June 2020 That downslide came on the heels of a more than 60% decline Thursday. Rob Wile, NBC News, 11 Mar. 2023 Employee engagement in the of first quarter 2022 (measured January through March) was 61.6%, continuing a downslide seen in the last half of 2021. Bob Helbig, The Enquirer, 9 June 2022 Fashion Month’s spring 2023 season turned out to be a disappointing downslide in plus-size representation on the runways. Dominique Norman,, 1 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of downslide was in 1889

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“Downslide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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