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  • n. Plural form of downdraught.


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  • This was radioed to the boats but the Reuben James had no way of knowing whether it was using the right frequency or whether the Iranians even understood English, so to back up this message three helicopters were sent to mark the perimeter, squatting menacingly above waters that began to boil in the downdraughts.

    The Edge of Madness

  • Most of these were not members of the operative class: they were chiefly 'downdraughts,' bankrupts, men always in debt and often in drink - men who had nothing to lose, and much - in the way of character, cash, and cleanliness - to gain.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • "They're surrounded by mountains, by fires burning towards them from opposite directions, in high winds, updraughts, downdraughts in the kloofs, in thick smoke ... it's confusing if you don't know these fynbos fires," the source said.

    IOL: News

  • We stood in our clammy aeroplane-skin under great downdraughts of conditioned air as Tortoise noodled and poked at their faulty equipment; and from here it was like watching them through a glass wall in their studio.

    The Line Of Best Fit

  • Strong downdraughts were the likely cause of the plane crash which killed adventure Steve Fossett, say US officials.


  • "These types of brutal downdraughts coupled with intense volatility are generally the hallmark of overvalued markets as we saw in 1990,

    The Economist: Correspondent's diary


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