(one's) whole world came crashing down around (one)

(one's) whole world came crashing down around (one)

One's entire outlook, circumstances, or lifestyle were negatively affected or altered (by some event). When I was rejected by the university that was my top choice, my whole world came crashing down around me. Lena's whole world came crashing down around her when her mom died, and it took a long time for her to find her way again. When I had to close my store, it felt like my whole world came crashing down around me. But it turned out to be the best thing because it allowed me to find my real passion in life—painting.
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