caer en picado

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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 Spain
(Spain)
a. to nose-dive
Por causas que todavía se desconocen, el avión cayó en picado diez minutos después del despegue.For reasons still unknown, the plane nose-dived ten minutes after take-off.
b. to plummet
Una ráfaga de ametralladora alcanzó al caza, que cayó en picado al océano.A burst of machine-gun fire hit the fighter plane, which plummeted into the ocean.
c. to plunge
La hélice tocó un saliente en la roca, lo que hizo que el helicóptero cayera en picado.The propeller touched a ledge in the rock, which caused the helicopter to plunge.
d. to dive
Una vez hubo divisado a su presa, un pequeño pájaro, el halcón cayó en picado sobre ella.Once it had spotted its pray, a little bird, the hawk dived after it.
2. (to decrease sharply)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to plummet
La falta de demanda ha hecho que los precios caigan en picado.Lack of demand has caused prices to plummet.
b. to plunge
La popularidad de la banda musical cayó en picado cuando su cantante decidió dejarla para hacer una carrera en solitario.The band's popularity plunged when its singer decided to leave it for a solo career.
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