From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishslumpslump1 /slʌmp/ ●○○ verb 1 FALL[intransitive] to fall or lean against something because you are not strong enough to standslump against/over/back etc She slumped against the wall. Carol slumped back in her chair, defeated. Ben staggered and slumped onto the floor.2 FAIL[intransitive] to suddenly go down in price, value, or number OPP soar Sales slumped by 20% last year.slump to The currency slumped to a record low.3 [intransitive, transitive] (also be slumped) if your shoulders or head slump or are slumped, they bend forward because you are unhappy, tired, or unconscious Her shoulders slumped and her eyes filled with tears.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusslump• Micron fell 2 7 / 8 to 33 and Intel slumped 1 / 4 to 56 5 / 8.• She slumped back in her seat.• A young man sat slumped behind the hotel desk, showing little interest in the new arrivals.• Keeping your arms straight, raise them as high as possible without slumping forwards.• He slumped further forward, his lips parted and his eyes closed.• She sits like that, slumped, head covered, in the last seat, for a long time.• At about 2 a.m. he had fallen downstairs and slumped in a heap by the front door.• Brad was slumped in front of the television watching the game.• Semiconductor, software and computer companies slumped in price because of concern that earnings may not be up to snuff.• The victim was slumped over a freezer where he had been searching for a gas leak.• Theresa found him slumped over the keyboard.• As house sales have slumped, so has spending on department-store specialities like furniture, carpets and electrical appliances.slump against/over/back etc• The victim was slumped over a freezer where he had been searching for a gas leak.• He began slumping over again, and his iron ball shrank back to a hand.• I let go a lungful of air, slumped back against the parapet and lit another Capstan.• Hilary Robarts had been slumped back in her chair, her eyes fixed on Lessingham.• He would be only too happy to dial 911 when Walter slumped over in shock, unable to speak.• I stood in the middle of the dusky field and let Janir slump against my back.• Blood pressure and lumbago have left these shrimps - pink and puffed as a rowing eight, slumped over their needles.slumpslump2 ●○○ noun [countable usually singular] 1 LESSa sudden decrease in prices, sales, profits etcslump in a slump in car sales2 PEa period when there is a reduction in business and many people lose their jobs OPP boom The war was followed by an economic slump. a worldwide slump3 especially American EnglishDS a period when a player or team does not play wellin a slump The Dodgers have been in a slump for the last three weeks.
Examples from the Corpusslump• The survey also found that the likeliest effect of downsizing is a slump in morale, which can reduce productivity and profits.• Smith is in the deepest batting slump of his eight-year career.• The economic slump has dried up the big-ticket multi-billion yen projects that the majors used to thrive on.• The economic slump was nowhere to be seen, but hairline recession was another thing.• During the long housing slump, several high-profile crime stories gave skittish buyers one more reason to avoid the Inner Mission.• One of their major concerns was the slump in wool prices.• The slump in the property market is making it difficult for people to sell their homes.• The slump in Intel dragged down other tech stocks.• The slump in profits has limited the scope for corporation tax offsets but economic recovery should help ease the problem.• The post-war slump sent the unemployment figures to twice the expected level.slump in• a slump in exportsin a slump• Such an assumption is a plausible one: in booms unemployment is low and in slumps it is high.• Exactly the opposite would apply in a slump year.• The Dow is reaching new highs, but small-company stocks are in a slump.• Some would say that that is because of the recession, but we are in a slump rather than a recession.• An economy in a slump or depression is generally characterised by high demand-deficient unemployment of both labour and capital.• They will be the first to go in a slump.• So again we would predict that the measured apc would be higher in a slump year than in a boom year.• Woods does not believe he is in a slump.From Longman Business Dictionaryslumpslump /slʌmp/ noun [countable usually singular]1a sudden fall in the price, value, or number of somethingslump inThere has been a slump in sales this month.2ECONOMICS a period of time when there is a big reduction in economic activity, forcing many companies to close and many people to lose their jobsSavings were already extremely low at the beginning of the current slump. —slump verb [intransitive]Securities firms’ profits have slumped in recent years.Origin slump1 (1600-1700) Probably from a Scandinavian language