crumbling edge

crumbling edge
   an inexorable slow downward movement
   Jargon of the stock market, when dealers are uncertain when the sea of troubles will no longer erode the cliff:
    But we could be in for a 'crumbling edge' with violent movements up and down, albeit on a downward trend. (Sunday Telegraph, 23 August 1998 — the imagery fits ill with movements 'up')

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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