Definition of falloff in US English:



  • A decrease in something.

    ‘even top schools have seen a falloff in applications’
    • ‘Physical activity not only burns calories but boosts feelgood endorphins to help counteract a fall-off in serotonin.’
    • ‘In the current economic downturn, coupled with increasing insurance premiums and fall-offs in sponsorship, many festivals are struggling to survive.’
    • ‘The fall-off was blamed on the spin-off of its mushroom operations and lower sales from its farm input businesses.’
    • ‘The after-shocks will be felt most acutely in weaker retail spending, as people either stay at home or are hampered from travelling in London and through a fall-off in tourism and hotel bookings.’
    • ‘The Government's take from the tobacco industry is set to drop by at least €70m because of the fall-off in sales.’
    • ‘The massive fall-off in lucrative television revenue means a drop of at least £14m.’
    • ‘Stagnating property prices, competition from supermarkets and a growing number of internet retailers have been blamed for the fall-off.’
    • ‘Hinting at further cutbacks as a result of the fall-off in income, Mr Ahern said that the current rate of expenditure could not continue when it was so much bigger than the current level of revenue.’
    • ‘The IMI noted evidence of a fall-off in the level of senior management positions being advertised.’
    • ‘They said while people welcomed the work to be carried out they also had fears about a fall-off in business.’
    • ‘The main reason for the dip in annual turnover was a fall-off in the number of development properties bought and sold by the company.’
    • ‘If there has been a fall-off in business, and I can accept that, it is not necessarily, or solely, because of the smoking ban.’
    • ‘The production and pay problems have been brought about by a dramatic fall-off in sales in the United States, the company's most lucrative market.’
    • ‘Due to the fall-off in demand, companies have lowered prices to shift stock.’
    • ‘He blamed the fall-off in car production in Europe and the US as the main reason for the price falling.’
    • ‘The fall-off in demand, especially among American collectors, paves the way for an influx of new buyers for whom the strong pound is an ally.’
    • ‘The company said weak market sentiment accounted for the drop in software sales while the decrease in services was due to a fall-off in customer numbers.’
    • ‘Despite a falling-off in activity elsewhere - particularly at Heathrow - the group's airports at Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow have all notched up record business in recent weeks.’
    • ‘New research has shown that shipments of PDAs and handheld devices are continuing to drop, with the fall-off blamed on the weak global economy.’
    • ‘The fall-off in sales since 2000 was down to economic uncertainty and concerns over job security that affected spending habits, he said.’
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