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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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That they do not suggests that pharyngeal size is not a factor in airway collapsibility.
Furthermore, the ability of the patient with severe OSA to effectively compensate (via effective neural control of the respiratory muscles of both the upper airway and the pump, without EEG arousal) for airway narrowing and increased mechanical load was shown, by correlational analysis, to be a more important determinant of the degree of cycling behaviour of airway patency and ventilation than was the inherent passive collapsibility of the airway (21).
Permeability measures the ease at which gasses escape from the sand mould to forestall defects such as porosity and gas inclusions; while shatter index measures the collapsibility of sand for easy shake out and cleaning of casting.
The Softsoap Hand Soap Refill Pouch benefits from an energy efficient manufacturing process, lightweight materials and collapsibility to offer environmental benefits in the areas of reduced emissions, waste, and energy consumption.
Higher collapsibility of limestone layer A1/B results in its rapid destruction and causes problems of maneuvering and stability.
For one, the long-term consequences of the procedure are unknown, and it is possible that problems such as permanent widening of the large airways, chronic infections, or increased airway wall collapsibility might appear over time.
Conformability Flexibility and Collapsibility of Sulfate Pulp Fibers," Pap.
and plugged back in: the collapsibility of shadows,
Funds accumulated within an IPP are designated to provide a lifetime retirement income and the plans have restricted collapsibility options.
In the other aspect of internal factors, occurrence of loess landslides is closely relevant to collapsibility and liquidation of loess mass.
Pulp air resistance is related to the ability of the fiber to collapse during the paper production, and fiber collapsibility is linked to fiber wall thickness.
A signal virtue of the inflatable, after all, is its capacity to store and travel flat: Its portability depends on its collapsibility.
The SmartCrate's collapsibility was the reason Veg Pro selected it rather than purchase more FlapNest totes for shipment to customers.
6,315,434, claims to cover many different types of collapsibility, including mechanisms used by other suppliers.