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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Last Sunday, however, traffic crawled around the area due to a freak accident: a portion of Remedios Street running alongside Rajah Sulayman Park near the boulevard in Malate had collapsed under the weight of a 14-wheeler truck hauler laden with sand.
But what was initially described as a "sinkhole" turns out to be drainage culvert that collapsed under the weight of the truck.
At 24, Matt's world collapsed under the weight of depression.
George Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, who steered the nation through a tumultuous period in world affairs but was denied a second term after support for his presidency collapsed under the weight of an economic downturn and his seeming inattention to domestic affairs, died on Friday night at his home in Houston.
Najib, who preceded Lim at the Finance Ministry, pointed out that a similar scheme in China was now mired in crisis after hundreds of P2P firms collapsed under the weight of CNY1.49 trillion (RM902 billion) in outstanding loans.
BLAC Chyna's bum appears to have collapsed under the weight of her implants - after years of rumoured surgery to make her butt as big as possible.
But the visitors eventually collapsed under the weight of attacks and trailed 4-0 at the break after Dinny Corcoran converted from the spot and Kevin Devaney curled home a cracker.
Part of the bridge collapsed under the weight of county officials and journalists.
The roofs of dozens of houses collapsed under the weight of snow in the Unsko-Sanski canton in northwestern Bosnia.
A Barangay tanod (village watchman) was killed and 11 others were injured while taking part in a waterway clean-up drive in Manila on Saturday, after a concrete platform collapsed under the weight of the garbage collected from a creek.
PARTS of one of the bestknown stretches of Hadrian's Wall have collapsed under the weight of its own popularity.
Briefing the media the railway minister brushed aside rumours that the bridge was too old and collapsed under the weight of the train.
An initial assessment of the scene suggests a section of roof collapsed under the weight of fresh concrete during a pour at around 15:00.
ROCKLAND -- A Rockland music store that drew national attention in February when its roof collapsed under the weight of snow, sparking fears that a rhinestone-covered piano once owned by Liberace was damaged, has reopened.
May I remind Mr Phillips that 25 years ago it was eastern European socialism not western European capitalism which collapsed under the weight of its own contradictions and its hopeless inefficiency.