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collapse into (something)

1. To physically drop or fall into something. Once Sarah crossed the finish line, she collapsed into her boyfriend's arms. After I got home from a 12-hour day at work, I collapsed into a comfy chair and dozed off.
2. To abruptly enter a negative state, such as a depression. After I lost my job, I collapsed into a serious depression. Economists have been warning that the country could collapse into another recession if preventative measures are not taken.
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collapse under the weight of (someone or something)

To fall down after supporting someone or something that is too heavy. The roof collapsed under the weight of all that snow.
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collapse into something

1. Lit. to fall down into something with suddenness, as if out of energy. She was so tired, she collapsed into the chair. Juan collapsed into a chair and fell fast asleep.
2. Fig. [for someone] to fall into a particular kind of despair. The poor man collapsed into a deep depression. Scott collapsed into his own personal brand of grieving.
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collapse under someone or something

to cave in under the weight of someone or something. The grandstand collapsed under the weight of the spectators. The bridge collapsed from the force of the flood.
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collapse, fall, etc. in/into a ˈheap

fall down heavily and not move: He collapsed in a heap on the floor.
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Wakefield Villa Junior Football Club's under-12s girls' teams, Vixens and Foxes, have secured a pounds 385 grant for two collapsable shelters to protect pitch-side players from the elements.
The north side of the river has already been equipped with the collapsable metal barriers, which cost pounds 4 million.
So with a well-practised flourish, she unfolds her much lower, collapsable table, carefully lays out a table cloth and stirs away using a wooden spoon with relish.
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Tourists flock to his street corner collapsable kiosk and he no longer has to hassle for Shs25,000.
One of the star performers was the office's controller, who boasted about how she'd achieved miracles of productivity with the help of Excel's collapsable outlining feature.
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29, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With convenient solutions that range from safety cameras to collapsable seating, new Honda Odyssey models prove that minivan design and engineering have come a long way since the vehicle was first introduced in the mid-1990s.