the bubble bursts

the bubble bursts

a very happy or successful period of time suddenly ends (usually in past tenses) The economy was booming, then the bubble burst with the stockmarket crash of October 1987.
See also: bubble, burst
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Diversification and attention to the smaller projects for Bahraini people will bring more rewards when the bubble bursts.
If the television rights change or the transfer system is changed, and the bubble bursts, it would have a massive impact on the game.
And when the bubble bursts, the mountains of money extracted from Wolseley, Associated British Foods and the rest will blow away in the wind.
in the midst of this hands-off foreplay the bubble bursts, and the dancers separate.