down·​swing | \-ˌswiŋ \

Definition of downswing 

1 : a downward swing

2 : downturn

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But hotels rent out rooms daily, which makes them more susceptible to downswings. Joe Gose, New York Times, "Developers Add a Missing Piece to Their Projects: Hotels," 8 May 2018 The May total more than tripled the number from April 2017, which saw the fewest arrests since the Department of Homeland Security’s creation in 2003 — a downswing attributed to President Trump’s tough immigration rhetoric. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Honduran Man Killed Himself After Being Separated From Family at Border," 9 June 2018 From that position, the bat remains in a neutral position in the downswing, as does Martinez’s body. Alex Speier,, "J.D. Martinez and the art and science of the swing," 24 May 2018 Over Mother's Day weekend, Thomas saw a picture of himself beginning his downswing. Michael Rosenberg,, "Friends With MJ, Coached by Dad: World No. 1 Justin Thomas Is Ready to Fly," 5 June 2018 One of the few hedge funds to survive the downswing in the commodity supercycle has a lesson for traders trying to navigate whipsawing aluminum prices: go short at your peril. Mark Burton,, "Aluminum Bears on Treacherous Ground as Supply Shocks Continue," 27 Apr. 2018 In other words, Clinton was already on the downswing and Comey's October 28 letter pushed her lower. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "So, did Comey swing the election? Here's the evidence," 16 Apr. 2018 San Diego will be on the downswing of the monthlong temperature see-saw ride on Monday, with partly cloudy skies, highs in the mid 60s west of the foothills and breezy conditions prevailing in the afternoon. Robert Krier,, "Cool day on tap, with strong winds in mountains and desert," 16 Apr. 2018 After a wayward opening drive, Mickelson hit a tree trunk on his downswing and whiffed his second shot. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Patrick Reed Leads the Masters, With Rory McIlroy’s Grand Slam Hopes Lurking," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of downswing

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of downswing

: a situation in which something decreases or becomes worse

golf : a forward and downward movement of a club as a golfer hits a shot

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