bring (something) crashing down (around) (one)

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bring (something) crashing down (around) (one)

1. Literally, to cause something to fall violently to the ground. (In this usage, "around (one)" is not usually part of the phrase.) On demolition day, a crew will bring that old building crashing down.
2. To cause a distressing failure, especially one that profoundly affects or disrupts one's life or identity. Getting laid off from my job brought everything crashing down around me.
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bring something crashing down (around one)

 
1. Lit. to cause a structure to collapse and fall (on oneself). He hit the tent pole and brought the tent crashing down. When she removed the last vertical board, she brought the shed crashing down around her.
2. Fig. to destroy something, such as one's life and well-being, that one has a special interest in; to cause someone's basic orientation to collapse. She brought her whole life crashing down around her.
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A DRIVER was critically injured after suffering multiple injuries when his car was crushed by a 40ft tree which was brought crashing down as high winds battered Birmingham.
If the performances against Ulster and Rotherham had raised hopes Aberavon could make an impact in the British and Irish Cup, they were brought crashing down to earth with a bump.
Following on from their victory over Waulah earlier in the week, the 404s were brought crashing down to earth with a bump.
A WIND 115 feet was brought crashing down high winds.
London's (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/399580/20121030/ee-launches-4g-network-uk.htm) shiny new 4G network , which is only up and running for two weeks, could be brought crashing down using one simple trick.
Alnmouth went into the match undefeated, and with a 68-point lead at the top of the table, but they were brought crashing down to earth by Blyth who had the man-of-the-match in skipper Mark Lawrence.
She was certainly brought crashing down to earth after the release of the tape featuring her with ex Justin Edwards.
Live football ESPN, 5.30pm AFTER all the excitement of drawing Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League yesterday, Arsenal could be brought crashing down to earth when they face West Ham, writes James Milton.
Summary: England were brought crashing down to earth after their Ashes triumph as they posted a meagre 203 for nine against Ireland in Belfast.
FRANK FIELD''S bid to win compensation for victims of the 10p tax rate fiasco fizzled out last night, after dire warnings that the entire tax system would be brought crashing down.
STORIES of airlines in trouble or brought crashing down to earth in a financial fireball because of the high costs of fuel have become commonplace.
Ashley Giles was brought crashing down to earth as Prince Charles tore into his bowling at Edgbaston yesterday.
Gary Speed was brought crashing down in the area by a Dan Petrescu hack and up stepped Bodin.
In a lecture-demonstration, Kent describes the experience of performing in Russia as part of the historic 1970 Ailey tour: "It was the most joyful noise when we brought crashing down the barriers of language, culture, religion, and race.
His side were top of the table going into yesterday's clash with Celtic but were brought crashing down to earth with a 5-1 defeat.