meltdown melt‧down [ˈmeltdaʊn] noun [singular] ECONOMICS
a situation in which prices fall by a very large amount or an industry or economy becomes much weaker:

• A near meltdown in overseas stock markets sent U.S. prices plunging for the third consecutive day.

• The situation is serious, but new measures have been introduced aimed at preventing a financial meltdown.

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meltdown UK US /ˈmeltdaʊn/ noun [C or U]
ECONOMICS, FINANCE a situation in which an industry, economy, etc. is badly affected by a lot of problems within a short period of time: »

Analysts were watching for signs of a meltdown following problems at three of Wall Street's major investment banks.


A deadly new computer virus caused much of the internet to go into meltdown last weekend.

a meltdown in sth »

A meltdown in the mortgage industry has made it more difficult to get a loan or to refinance.

a meltdown of sth »

The two officials are expected to help develop a plan to prevent a meltdown of the county's finances.

be in meltdown »

Since the credit crisis, the whole banking industry has been in meltdown.


financial/economic/political meltdown


a stock market/subprime/credit meltdown


a global/industry/corporate meltdown

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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