down·​swing | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌswiŋ How to pronounce downswing (audio) \

Definition of downswing

1 : a downward swing

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Recent Examples on the Web Adding to the drag from housing, a downswing in oil is another challenge for the region’s $1.6 trillion economy, putting it on course for what could be its worst recession on history. Abeer Abu Omar,, "Gulf States Dive Deeper Into Deflation as Pandemic Grips," 28 Aug. 2020 States hit early are likely to be on the downswing by May, while others will still be hitting their stride and ramping up new cases in the middle of that month. Popular Science, "See when COVID-19 could hit your state hardest," 3 Apr. 2020 That drop has come during a broader downswing for the industry since the 2016 presidential election, as gun owners have become less worried about the prospect that the government might seize their weapons. New York Times, "Smith & Wesson’s Owner to Break Away From Gun Business," 14 Nov. 2019 And this is where the downswing really becomes apparent. Washington Post, "Cheap Hotel Rooms in Texas Are a Bad Sign for Frackers," 27 Sep. 2019 Essentially, the relative prices of those short-term versus long-term betting contracts would tell you whether a team is viewed as likely to be on the upswing or the downswing — not necessarily today but at some point in the next few years. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "What’s the Deal With That Inverted Yield Curve? A Sports Analogy Might Help," 15 Aug. 2019 His downswing in production has been surprising after Coe opted to return for his redshirt junior season and was being spoken about as a potential early-round selection in next year’s NFL Draft. Tom Green |, al, "Nick Coe ‘solid’ in practice, but status vs. LSU still uncertain," 23 Oct. 2019 My speedy strokes had caused me to spray the ball all over the course until the app coached me into grasping that the ideal ratio of backswing time to downswing time was 3:1. David Pierce, WSJ, "Can Tech Fix Your Golf Swing?," 23 Aug. 2018 Although there is a vocal contingent of staunch believers, demand for crypto loans appears to be on the downswing. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "What’s behind the buzz about “decentralized finance”?," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of downswing

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Sep 2020

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“Downswing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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