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recession
as in:  economic recession


As consumer spending dropped during the recession, the company saw a 20% decrease in gross revenue.
  a prolonged decline in economic activity
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By recession, some mean specifically an inflation-adjusted decline lasting at least 6 months, but the definition is not universally accepted.
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  • As consumer spending dropped during the recession, the company saw a 20% decrease in gross revenue.
  • Then the recession hit, washed away the Riverway store by store until the whole mall finally went bust.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • My more organized and goal-oriented classmates set off for their graduate school programs or entry-level jobs at nonprofits, or they moved back home—not uncommon during the depths of the first Bush recession.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I don’t know if it’s this recession and that people are feeling insecure and threatened.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • We’re in the middle of a bloody recession."
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • What business could be more recession-proof than glass?
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • "Yes, through the economic recession, you see," said the old man, apparently unconcerned about whether Arthur understood a word he was talking about or not.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • But months after my 18th birthday, the recession hit, gas prices shot up, my savings withered and the reality of going nowhere fast hit me in the face.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • A national recession was under way, steel orders were reduced, and Coalwood was producing more coal than the steel company needed.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • There was, in the corner, a slanting ledge projecting from the wall-plastered over and painted green—left from Roark’s modeling of the Temple interior that had once controlled the recession of the light at sunset.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • Only from the yellow barrels of the microscopes did it borrow a certain rich and living substance, lying along the polished tubes like butter, streak after luscious streak in long recession down the work tables.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • And my heart tightened as the first crowd swung imperturbably back to their looting with derisive cries, like sandpipers swinging around to glean the shore after a furious wave’s recession.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • As they moved away from the glowing recession into the darkness again, she thought of the stories she’d heard of pilgrims traveling thousands of miles to look at that golden box, thinking they were in the presence of St. Peter.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • His head, with deep recessions in the hairline now, seemed to have been baked in a slow oven.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • My favorite part was gene-recession charts.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • What he found was a country in a recession, with lines for gas, lines for work.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • The stranger still regarded on the face before him a slow recession of that false calm there, imposed, as it seemed, by habit or some studied trick, upon words so embittered as to accuse in their speaker an unhealthiness, a flair, for the cruder things of life.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It’s the recession.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • Riddle, wrote one spectator, "was accused of everything under the sun save the shooting of Lincoln and the current recession."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • You will note that during the years of seventy and seventy-one, when specific restraints in production were self-imposed-I repeat, self-imposed-by these leaders of industry, the resulting economic recession was far less severe than in-slide twelve, please-the so-called paternalistic regulation of the marketplace by government interventionists.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • However, the economy soured in early 1838, taking the country into a deep recession.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • President Hoover refused to use the scare word "recession" when speaking about the slump.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • But months later, after a statewide recession, I found myself as a legal adult, with no diploma, no job, and my life savings quickly draining away.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • It’s clear that the true problems of our Nation are much deeper – deeper than gasoline lines or energy shortages, deeper even than inflation or recession.
    Jimmy Carter  --  A Crisis of Confidence
  • He presses for a tax cut, to ward off a recession, he says, and backs it up with detailed financial specifics about the way in which cutting taxes would stimulate the economy.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • The Chicago Tribune reported that increasing turbulence in global markets had raised concerns in London that a recession, even a full-blown "panic," could be in the offing.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • On moonlight nights the long, straight street and dirty white walls, nowhere darkened by the shadow of a tree, their peace untroubled by footsteps or a dog’s bark, glimmered in pale recession.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • (Nobody uses that word, but that’s what it amounts to.) One of the pioneers is Mexico, where in 1995 the deputy finance minister, Santiago Levy, was alarmed that the crash of the peso and resulting recession would be devastating to the poor.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • And this from a young Chicano: "Some of us have suffered from recession all our lives."
    Jimmy Carter  --  A Crisis of Confidence
  • The recession is supposed to be winding down, but no one seems to know that.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • The recession had ended the mall.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • But the only houses for rent were clustered in this failed development: a miniature ghost town of bank-owned, recession-busted, price-reduced mansions, a neighborhood that closed before it ever opened.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I won’t make that mistake again: The once plentiful herds of magazine writers would continue to be culled—by the Internet, by the recession, by the American public, who would rather watch TV or play video games or electronically inform friends that, like, rain sucks!
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Business wasn’t booming, given that the local economy was in recession (which seemed to befall the area, unfortunately for the Hickeys, a short time after they bought my store), and that Sunny Medical Supply now had to compete with a franchise of a large regional supplier, which had opened in the neighboring town of Highbridge.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Jobs right now are scarce with the recession and all, but …. there is an option….
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • Er, economic recession?
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Used to have endless fun doing the little bits in fjords … so anyway," he said, trying to find his thread again, "the recession came and we decided it would save a lot of bother if we just slept through it.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • …spite of the growing shortage of paper, which has compelled some dailies to reduce their pages, a new paper has been launched: the Plague Chronicle, which sets out ’to inform our townspeople, with scrupulous veracity, of the daily progress or recession of the disease; to supply them with the most authoritative opinions available as to its future course; to offer the hospitality of its columns to all, in whatever walk of life, who wish to join in combating the epidemic; to keep up the…
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • The economy entered a recession.
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