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Monday word: dégringolade

dégringolade  (deɡrɛ̃ɡɔlad)

Noun;
A quick deterioration or breakdown, as of a situation or circumstance.

Verb
1. To descend rapidly.
2. To deteriorate rapidly.

Etymology:  from French dégringoler, to tumble down.  In use in English since mid-1800s, I think -  but probably safe to say its use is rare these days.
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