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the bubble bursts

A period of unusually high success ends. A "bubble" describes something, typically a trend or market, that expands until it "pops" (fails). When the bubble bursts on these toys, a lot of people are going to be left with a lot of worthless trinkets. In the '90s, the bubble burst on Internet startups, but that didn't stop the success of online ventures.
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the bubble bursts

COMMON You say the bubble bursts to mean that a very successful or happy time ends. The bubble has burst. Crowds at the team's World League games are down from last year's 40,000 average to 22,000. After the internet bubble burst, you would have believed that no one wanted innovation. Note: You can also say that someone or something pricks the bubble when they cause something happy or successful to end. They fear to do anything that would prick the stock-market bubble. Note: The bubble referred to in these expressions is the South Sea Bubble, a financial disaster which took its name from The South Sea Company. In the early 18th century, this company took over the British national debt in return for a monopoly of trade with the South Seas. A lot of people invested in the company, but it crashed in 1720 and many investors became bankrupt.
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the bubble ˈbursts

there is a sudden end to a good or lucky situation: When the bubble finally burst, hundreds of people lost their jobs.
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A mania prevailed, a bubble burst, four stock-brokers took villa residences at Florence, four hundred nobodies were ruined, and among them Mr Nickleby.
I don't know that we have to worry too much if we have a tech bubble burst.
housing bubble burst in 2006, driven down by foreclosures, a glut of unsold homes and the reluctance or inability of many to buy.
Then his bubble burst, with his decision to press ahead and support America in going to war with Iraq.
FORMER Gretna keeper Tony Caig admits he could have been in the dole queue as the bubble burst at Raydale Park.
When the bubble burst and these companies ran out of cash, landlords were put in a very tough position--shrinking demand for space, falling rents, and tech tenants that couldn't pay the rent, wouldn't vacate the space, and had no hard assets.
The Bournville-born rapper admitted he's been to the chocolate factory 20 times and would love to be a tour guide if the pop bubble burst.
When the stock market bubble burst in 2000, Randy Asante sought professional help managing his investments.
Goldstein offers an informed and informative analysis on just what went wrong with the telecom industry when the telecom stock market bubble burst.
The authors studied a number of the companies created during 2000-2002 before the Internet Bubble burst and took many of them down.
When the technology bubble burst and stock prices tumbled, the employees ended up holding stock worth much less than the remaining debt.
US bond yields have fallen from their peaks in 1999, the year before the tech bubble burst.
After the tech bubble burst, additional doubts set in about whether sales of technical gear could ever match the levels set during the tech frenzy of the late 1990s.
Thousands of information technology graduates are chasing jobs in a sector still in decline nearly four years after the dotcom bubble burst, a survey warned.
When the Internet bubble burst, Hopeworks' staff and board decided to expand its computer training beyond web design.