collapse under the weight of (someone or something)

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collapse under the weight of (someone or something)

To fall down after supporting someone or something that is too heavy. The roof collapsed under the weight of all that snow.
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collapse under someone or something

to cave in under the weight of someone or something. The grandstand collapsed under the weight of the spectators. The bridge collapsed from the force of the flood.
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Chelsea Cliff said her carpet, walls and kitchen are soaked - and fears the ceiling will collapse under the weight of brown water.
There are small enterprises that have borrowed heavily hoping to tap opportunities in the devolved units, but which now risk collapse under the weight of bank loans.
The British medical journal The Lancet has criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ignoring India's health sector and warned that India is on the verge of a collapse under the weight of its own ill health.
JUST when it looked like e Brit Awards (ITV, Wednesday) was going to collapse under the weight of its own tedium (which has been building up for years now), along came Madonna to save the day.
Refugees Chief Antonio Guterres Warns Lebanon Could Collapse Under Syrian Refugees Burden United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said during an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour that Lebanon could collapse under the weight of the massive influx of Syrian refugees without economic and financial support.
This shift has led to some activist movements that relied on collective strength, such as that of working-people in the labor-movement, to collapse under the weight of renewed alienation.
The airless tyre uses a special plastic resin that is weaved into a mesh of spokes that help to support the tread of the tyre, and also makes sure it doesn't collapse under the weight of the vehicle.
If the concept is flawed, the city could have sat back and allowed it to collapse under the weight of its own contradictions.
Also featuring is local singer-songwriter Amy 'Don't Call Me Wadge, It's Pronounced Wodge' Wadge, rugby star Shane Williams, Dafydd Iwan and the Three Welsh Tenors - not forgetting, of course, the ever subtle and understated Rhydian Roberts - there's a strong possibility you'll collapse under the weight of all that sheer Celticness.
Ladbrokes spokesman Robin Hutchison said: "If City hit the ground running their price will collapse under the weight of money from their supporters.
I think it is inevitable it will collapse under the weight of debts and inept planning, bad travelling and too many people in too small a place.
It was the latest financial firm to collapse under the weight of enormous bad bets on the mortgage market.
Business information can collapse under the weight of its own complexity, so we're bringing simplicity back into the enterprise market." Business solutions can be created in days, users can be trained in minutes, and end users have plenty of options for searching, collecting, and analyzing their data.
"An alarming trend has been allowed to go on for far too long: developers have sold dilapidated homes to struggling working families who collapse under the weight of financing home repairs and meeting mortgage payments," said Bloomberg.
"If the BBC can make big fractions of billions of pounds from selling magazines and programming abroad, don't tell me it would collapse under the weight of having to sell a few broadcasts at home." He added: "The BBC licence fee is nothing short of a poll tax.