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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.
See also: collapse, of, weight

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.
See also: heap
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Thloeng Chamroeun, 43, whose home is about 10 metres from where the road collapsed, said, 'If collapses [continue to] happen, my home and others' must be dismantled, but we do not have any new land to live on.
watching her city's buildings, bridges, lives, collapse.
If the collapse was from a covered cause of loss, and no exclusion applies, then there should be coverage.
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Last September, Vatan-e Emruz, a hardline daily, noted a movement in Texas calling for the state to secede from the United States as clear evidence of an imminent US collapse.
The statement from the Al-Qassam Brigades said the men killed were working on rebuilding a tunnel previously used for attacks when the collapse occurred.
Governor of Sharqeya Khaled Saeed claimed in press statements that the collapse was caused by construction work on residential tower adjacent to the collapsed building.
Second, the presence of cracks and fractures in rock banks can directly induce tunnel collapse [3, 6].
BEIRUT: The defense team for Claude Saade, an owner of a building which collapsed in a Beirut neighborhood in 2012, said its client was a "victim" of the old rent laws, and shifted blame for the collapse on the government, instead.
Pastor in charge of the church, Temitope Joshua, attributed the cause of the collapse to a mysterious helicopter flying repeatedly over the building.
41% support a new investigation of Building 7's collapse, compared to 21% who oppose it.
Critique: Informed, informative, thoughtful, thought-provoking, practical, and occasionally iconoclastic, "The Five Stages of Collapse: Survivor's Toolkit" is highly recommended reading for anyone concerned with surviving catastrophic disruptions of our country, economy, and culture such as almost occurred with the near financial collapse of 2008.
THE FIVE STAGES OF COLLAPSE SURVIVORS' TOOLKIT belongs in any business or economics collection and documents five indicators of social collapse and how the first three stages (financial, commercial and political) can be managed so as to prevent the worse scenarios of social and cultural collapse.
Nigeria, where only 40 million of its 160 million people have access to public power supply, has set up a panel to investigate the incessant power system collapse experienced in the country in the past five months.