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heart sinks

(One) feels disappointed or disheartened. My heart sank when I saw that the meal I'd spent all day preparing had burned in the oven.
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sink so low

To lower one's ethical standards (or perceived standards) by behaving in a malignant, self-centered, or despicable manner. In the wake of these vicious attacks, it's horrible to think that our fellow citizens could sink so low in the name of patriotism. I knew John wasn't the most philanthropic guy around, but I never expected him to sink so low.
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sink (one's) differences

Of multiple people or groups of people, to forget about or put aside the things that one argues about, disagrees with, or dislikes about the other side, usually in order to achieve a common goal. It's really remarkable to see the two factions sink their differences in the name of reclaiming their country as a sovereign state. We'll need to sink our differences if we hope to establish peace in the region.
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(one's) heart sinks into (one's) boots

One becomes suddenly disappointed, disheartened, or despondent due to an undesirable outcome or turn of events. His heart sank into his boots when he realized that she wasn't going to accept his marriage proposal. It's horrible having to deny people entry visas and watch their hearts sink into their boots, but it's just a part of the job.
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ˌsink so ˈlow


sink to something

have such low moral standards that you do something very bad: Stealing from your friends? How could you sink so low?I can’t believe that anyone would sink to such depths.
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3 : to penetrate or cause to penetrate <He sank an ax into the tree.
4 : to go into or become absorbed <Water sank into the ground.
They purchased two-by-fours of untreated wood, made up standardized bundles, and sank them off the California coast.
The 26-year-old oil tanker split in two and sank off the coast of northwestern Spain last November, sparking what environmental scientists call Europe's biggest ecological disaster ever.
We had hoped to finish the manned submersible sequences in time for the proposed January airdate, but the weather conditions have been very challenging, a real reminder of why the Republic sank.
The SS Republic was a side wheel steamer that sank in 1865 while en route from New York to New Orleans after battling a hurricane for two days.
Foster says the boat began to take in water early on the Monday afternoon and sank soon afterwards, after he had tried to take action to stop it.
Eventually the boat sank, and the four also took their chances swimming, Davis said.
There are several popular theories about why the Edmund Fitzgerald sank so quickly, Farnquist says, including faulty hatch clamps and the implosion of a hatch cover.
The Karianda was up for sale when it sank in calm seas off Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, in August.
At the time, scientists were trying to decide whether the subducting ocean rock remained trapped near Earth's surface or sank all the way to the core.
Then Thousand Oaks resident Tommy Fisher sank the legendary ocean liner again for director James Cameron's box office hit ``Titanic.
Survivors from a ferry that sank in Lake Victoria on Tuesday said Wednesday that the boat was heavily overloaded with passengers and listing to one side before it capsized, taking hundreds of high school students and other travelers to their deaths inside the flooded hull.
The MTA also agreed to repave the freeway that sank near Lankershim Boulevard.
Work under Lankershim Boulevard was slowed last spring after the ground around it sank, cracking sidewalks and fueling concern it would be a repeat of the massive subsidence experienced on Hollywood Boulevard.