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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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The Vaterland at that time was beating up to the south of City Hall from over the ruins of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the reports of the gun, followed by the first crashes of the collapsing Dexter building, brought Kurt and, Smallways to the cabin porthole.
yelled the crowd, echoing the crash of the collapsing roof of the barn, the burning grain in which diffused a cakelike aroma all around.
A few light sticks served to keep the parts from collapsing, or falling in.
Gaslights flared in the shops with a haggard and unblest air, as knowing themselves to be night- creatures that had no business abroad under the sun; while the sun itself when it was for a few moments dimly indicated through circling eddies of fog, showed as if it had gone out and were collapsing flat and cold.
Others, of the watch below, awakened by being shot out from their collapsing bunks, shivered incessantly, and kept on groaning even as we went about our work.
When it was well alight he and his two companions took to their heels, and were some distance off, safe and snug in a sheltering ditch, before the shattering roar of the explosion, with the low, deep rumble of the collapsing building, told them that their work was done.
During a star's life, heat produced by thermonuclear fusion processes holds it up, preventing it from collapsing under its own gravity.
Radio waves detected from the inner cloud were slightly shifted away from their expected values, indicating the cloud is collapsing.
At this stage in neutrino astronomy, however, such direct observations of supernovas are relatively rare and do little to help scientists calculate how often stars die by collapsing, an important part of understanding our galaxy's long-term evolution.
This follows a series of illegal buildings collapsing in Alexandria; in July 2012 a building collapsed in Gomrok claiming 20 lives, while in the same week a mother and her two daughters died under the rubble of their home in Al-Amreya district.
This was the third consistent incident of collapsing buildings in a week, just a day before 5-stoery commercial building was collapsed in Sialkot while Karachi building collapse incident took 33 lives.
The fire department worked to secure the property, making sure nothing else was collapsing.
So, when I came out to see what was happening, I saw that a portion of the building was collapsing.
Summary: BERLyN (Cihan) -Twenty Anniversary of the collapsing of the Berlin wall has been celebrated in Berlin by collapsing the Berlin wall as symbolically again.
These bursts, which last for more than 1 second, are produced within a jet of material blasting out of a collapsing star, or supernova.