- 1 [with adverbial] Sit, lean, or fall heavily and limply: she slumped against the cushions (be slumped) Denis was slumped in his seatMore example sentences
- Kait sighed and slumped her shoulders, leaning her forehead against the door frame.
- He slumped heavily into his armchair and busied himself with his smoking accoutrements.
- As his shoulders slumped again, David leaned forward and took his face in his hands.
- 2Undergo a sudden severe or prolonged fall in price, value, or amount: land prices slumpedMore example sentences
- When growth slowed, and share prices slumped, they were unable to raise money for further expansion.
- The idea was to build up a substantial European mining company but copper prices slumped in 1997.
- As commodities such as coffee or soya flooded into the world market, prices slumped, causing more economic chaos.
- 2.1Fail or decline substantially: United slumped to another one-nil defeatMore example sentences
- However, he slumped to a 75, Westwood shot 65 and beat his friend by three clear strokes.
- However, Saunders' side slumped to a 2-1 defeat in a match that proved just how fickle they were.
- Three of the top four in the A Section must be cursing their luck, as they slumped to defeats against opposition from the wrong half of the table.
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- 1A sudden severe or prolonged fall in the price, value, or amount of something: a slump in profitsMore example sentences
- Niedermeier attributed the slump to the price falls in most local shares.
- These have been compounded by the huge slump in share price values that most analysts predict will not be recovered.
- Also, a slump in property prices could mean your retirement taking a big hit, or being forced to wait until the housing market recovers.
- 1.1A prolonged period of abnormally low economic activity, typically bringing widespread unemployment: he had survived two world wars and a slump [mass noun]: periods of slumpMore example sentences
- The world was mired in economic slump, which brought with it mass unemployment and wage cuts.
- The domestic economy is in a slump, and unemployment in Hualien is particularly serious.
- Two things did more than anything to usher in a new upturn in struggle - the black nationalist message of Marcus Garvey and the economic slump of the Great Depression.
- 1.2A period of substantial failure or decline: Arsenal’s recent slumpMore example sentences
- The station has seen a recent slump in numbers due to people leaving through retirement or ill health.
- Hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to the area each year and despite the recent slump in tourism local hoteliers are reaping the benefits of Sundberg's visit.
- The grouse population has traditionally been prone to yearly fluctuations, but global warming is being blamed in some quarters for a sustained slump in numbers.
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- Pity the young, for whose benefit they marched, for what are they to do in a free market that considers them excess labour in a slumpy economy?
- Where should we put our money then to save for retirement if a slumpy economy comes to pass?
- His spent his off season shipping of the slugger for the scrappy but slumpy speedster.
late 17th century (in the sense 'fall into a bog'): probably imitative and related to Norwegian slumpe 'to fall'.