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

Definition of downslide

: a downward movement

Examples of downslide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On paper, there are more democratic countries and elected leaders in the world than ever, yet several indexes show a clear downslide in the practice of democracy overall. Angela Dewan, CNN, 28 Dec. 2019 Maybe California Senator Kamala Harris will exact revenge on Gabbard, who questioned Harris' prosecutorial record in the second debate, which some political experts say may have sparked Harris' recent downslide in the polls. Fortune, 30 Sep. 2019 Only that will prevent this national disappointment from becoming a perpetual downslide. Luke Kerr-dineen, USA TODAY, 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, 14 Sep. 2017 Housing has been a major concern as construction was on the downslide through the spring. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, 19 July 2017 During Portland's recent downslide, the defense has had some struggles., 28 May 2017 There’s trouble in paradise: Hutton is unfaithful, distant and on a steep financial downslide. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 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, 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of downslide

1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Downslide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of downslide

US : a situation in which something decreases or becomes worse

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