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

Definition of downswing

1 : a downward swing
2 : downturn

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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 Scientists have tracked the fishery there since 1948, through numerous upswings and downswings. Quanta Magazine, "A Twisted Path to Equation-Free Prediction," 13 Oct. 2015 The arc of her downswing should be hanging in the Louvre. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds getting closer to answering the buy-or-sell question," 27 June 2019 Some women spot during ovulation because the downswing in hormones can cause a little uterine lining to break down too early, as SELF previously reported, causing light bleeding. Amy Marturana, SELF, "12 Causes of Spotting and Breakthrough Bleeding," 28 Dec. 2018 But even industries on the downswing have companies that are top performers. Rick Wartzman And, WSJ, "Why Some Companies Succeed in Declining Industries," 29 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of downswing

1891, 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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