collapse, fall, etc. in/into a heap

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fall into a heap

To become very emotional, especially sad, and perhaps to literally hunch over as a result. Poor Jane really fell into a heap during the funeral service. I can't watch those sappy movies because I just fall into a heap every time.
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collapse, fall, etc. in/into a ˈheap

fall down heavily and not move: He collapsed in a heap on the floor.
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The first movement is simple--all the dancers just lift their heads--and then they break into Buster Keaton-style comic vignettes at breakneck speed until they collapse in a heap.