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    The fall in demand caused share prices to plunge.
    I can't grasp the meaning of to plunge in this context.
    plunge = to (cause someone or something to) move or fall suddenly and often a long way forward, down or into something
    The fact that the definition refers to both a leap forward and downward really gets me confused.
    As to the sentence above, if I consider a leap forward I should think share prices are higher now, but if I consider a leap downward then the sentence says share prices are lower.
    Could anybody help clear up this problem?
    Thank you in advance

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    Ex: The fall in demand caused share prices to drop significantly.
    => share prices are lower


    Does that help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Ex: The fall in demand caused share prices to drop significantly.
    => share prices are lower


    Does that help?
    Yes, thank you. Could you give me an example in which to plunge means "to move forward" (take a look at the definition I wrote in my previous post)?

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    From Google:

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    Amid a shower of sparks, the [USS battleship] Washington continued to plunge forward, even the great bulk of the Indiana appeared unable to slow her down ! ...

    Your romantic courage is heightened, you're ready to plunge forward, perhaps too ready. Romance now will change your life. ...


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    The Bear is plundering now and has plans to plunge forward throughout the world--the Red Bear, My children, known to you as the Red Brown Bear.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    Yes, thank you. Could you give me an example in which to plunge means "to move forward" (take a look at the definition I wrote in my previous post)?
    'He was apprehensive about what animals he might find there, but he knew he had to reach camp before night-fall; so he plunged into the forest anyway.'

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    PS When share prices plunge (sharp downward movement), the move may be followed by a Dead cat bounce - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    The fall in demand caused share prices to plunge. => makes you think of a downward movement (share prices go down)
    While at the pool, I really enjoyed plunging. => still downward movement

    Can plunge by itself (as a verb or noun) refer to a leap forward?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    The fall in demand caused share prices to plunge. => makes you think of a downward movement (share prices go down)
    While at the pool, I really enjoyed plunging. => still downward movement

    Can plunge by itself (as a verb or noun) refer to a leap forward?
    Yes; and I don't agree that plunging in a swimming pool involves a primarily downward movement. In some swimming competitions (though fewer now - as the activity is so tedious to watch) there is an event called 'The plunge'. I involves a downward movement of about 2 metres followed by a forward movement of about 30m (during which the 'swimmer' is not allowed to move a muscle).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Yes; and I don't agree that plunging in a swimming pool involves a primarily downward movement. In some swimming competitions (though fewer now - as the activity is so tedious to watch) there is an event called 'The plunge'. I involves a downward movement of about 2 metres followed by a forward movement of about 30m (during which the 'swimmer' is not allowed to move a muscle).

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    Thank you. Could you give me an example in which plunge by itself refers to a leap forward?

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    'I've thought about it a long time, and I'm finally going to take the plunge and go into business on my own.'

    [That's cheating a bit, because 'take the plunge' is an idiom.]

    How about:

    'Traffic in Delhi is so busy and chaotic that when you come to a cross-roads you just have to plunge into the stream where you see the tiniest gap.'

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    Ok.
    Thank you very much.

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