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collapse into (something)

1. To physically drop or fall into something. Once Sarah crossed the finish line, she collapsed into her boyfriend's arms. After I got home from a 12-hour day at work, I collapsed into a comfy chair and dozed off.
2. To abruptly enter a negative state, such as a depression. After I lost my job, I collapsed into a serious depression. Economists have been warning that the country could collapse into another recession if preventative measures are not taken.
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collapse into something

 
1. Lit. to fall down into something with suddenness, as if out of energy. She was so tired, she collapsed into the chair. Juan collapsed into a chair and fell fast asleep.
2. Fig. [for someone] to fall into a particular kind of despair. The poor man collapsed into a deep depression. Scott collapsed into his own personal brand of grieving.
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The sad incident which saw a three-storey building under construction collapsed into rubbles, happened at about midnight on Wednesday in Fagba area of the state.
PARTS of a building due to be cleared to make way for the new PS45m Merseyside Police HQ collapsed into the street.
Kilauea's firehose flow first started on New Year's Eve after 21 acres of lava delta collapsed into the ocean, (http://www.ibtimes.com/kilauea-volcano-photos-hawaii-lava-flow-poses-threat-people-wildlife-nearby-areas-2485950) exposing a lava tube at Kamokuna's seaside entry.
Building 7, a 47-story skyscraper, collapsed into its own footprint late in the afternoon on 9/11.
At the other extreme, the missing neutron star could have packed on so much material that it collapsed into a black hole.
Schreber was a German, Protestant judge who collapsed into paranoia at the turn of the century.
MacAyeal was "shocked" to find that the ice sheet collapsed into the ocean at three irregular intervals -- 190,000 years ago, 330,000 years ago, and 750,000 years ago.