crack under the strain

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crack under the strain

To submit to the stress of a particular situation; to stop functioning due to the pressure. If you keep pushing your employees so hard, they'll eventually crack under the strain.
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crack under the strain

Fig. to have a mental or emotional collapse because of continued work or stress. He worked 80-hour weeks for a month and finally cracked under the strain.
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Djokovic suddenly helped himself to three break points and even though Gulbis saved two of them - the second with a clubbing serve that nearly knocked the Serb off his feet - he cracked under the strain and double faulted on the third.
5m to spruce up the 135 steps, which had become loose, stained and cracked under the strain of daily use by city-dwellers and hordes of selfie-snapping visitors.
The NNA said the Bqarsouna Municipality, in the Dinnieh-Minyeh district, evacuated three houses on the town outskirts after their roofs cracked under the strain of snow accumulation and heavy rainfall.
Many opponents have cracked under the strain in Dortmund - most spectacularly Real Madrid - and Klopp's men should be confident of at least winning the game after a stunning group campaign that saw the 2013 finalists crush Arsenal, Galatasaray and Anderlecht.
The last time the competition was held in the States, four years ago at Valhalla, Olazabal (right) cracked under the strain of defeat.
But he insists where once he might have cracked under the strain of raising his game and keeping it at the optimum against top-quality opposition, these days he relishes the prospect.
That Bluebirds team cracked under the strain and pressure of expectation, crashing 3-0 to Reading, and Whittingham is hoping something similar happens a year on to red-hot favourites West Ham.
Connie's voice cracked under the strain of playing Maria in The Sound of Music
The instant global fame came at a cost, and even the most protected stage-school protege would probably have cracked under the strain.
6 : to lose self-control <He cracked under the strain.
But Derby cracked under the strain yesterday at Selhurst Park.
Earlier in the season, the SPL champions cracked under the strain and saw their home-front campaign capitulate, just as they made a name for themselves in the Champions League.
But Nationwide's economist, Alex Bannister, stressed that this level of affordability is still 35 per cent more favourable than in the late 1980s before the housing market cracked under the strain.
Those who cracked under the strain in the midst of battle and deserted were treated worse than the enemy.
Then the economy cracked under the strain of $150 billion in public debt, leading to a merry-go-round of four caretaker presidents that ended with Kirchner's election in May.