caer en picada

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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to descend at high speed)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to nose-dive
La avioneta cayó en picada, y parecía que iba a estrellarse contra el suelo, pero cuando estaba a 30 metros de altura, remontó el vueloThe light aircraft nose-dived, and it looked as if it was going to crash into the ground, but when it was 30 meters high, it flew off.
b. to dive
El águila cayó en picada sobre el conejo, que en vano intentó escapar.The eagle dived after the rabbit, which tried to scape but to not avail.
c. to plummet
Una falla del motor hizo que el avión cayera en picada y desapareciera en las aguas del océano.An engine fault caused the plane to plummet and disappear into the ocean waters.
d. to plunge
El piloto del helicóptero logró saltar en paracaídas antes de que este cayera en picada.The helicopter pilot managed to parachute before the helicopter plunged.
2. (to decrease sharply)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to plummet
Un exceso de la oferta ha hecho que los precios caigan en picada.An oversupply has caused prices to plummet.
b. to plunge
La popularidad del actor cayó en picada cuando declaró que sentía un gran desprecio por sus fans.The actor's popularity plunged when he stated that he had great contempt for his fans.
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