English [ edit ]
( take a dive third-person singular simple present , takes a dive present participle , taking a dive simple past , took a dive past participle ) taken a dive
( idiomatic , boxing ) To feign a knockout in order to lose intentionally.
1950, Archer, Jules, I Sell What I Write, page 44:
I decided there could be a nice bit of irony in a situation where a boxer, with a crown his for the taking, deliberately takes a dive to get revenge on the man he hates, who is betting everything on the boxer's victory.
2012, Lovisi, Gary, “Boxing, Babes & Bullets”, in Battling Boxing Stories, Wildside Press LLC, , page 165: ISBN 9781434448897
"You got a fight next weekend. You take a dive in the fourth round, understand?"
2015 December 31, Pushkin, Vadim, “Povetkin Promoter Praises Fury, Rejects Klitschko Dive Claim”, in Boxing Scene , retrieved  2016-08-03:
The businessman turned promoter rejected some of overseas rumors going around that Klitschko bet a large portion of funds on himself and then took a dive to collect.
( idiomatic ) To lose or fail intentionally.
Synonyms [ edit ]
throw ( “ to intentionally lose a game ” )