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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 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.
See also: collapse, of, weight
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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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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

collapse, fall, etc. in/into a ˈheap

fall down heavily and not move: He collapsed in a heap on the floor.
See also: heap
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"Since the cause of the collapse has not been confirmed there is the potential that other sections of the station structure have a risk of similar collapse."
Farrell said this is the first collapse in Bolton he was aware of, and that Fire Chief John Stephenson had commented that since he joined the department 40 years ago there had never been a roof collapse in Bolton.
Shabir Naseem, 47, appeared at Calderdale Magistrates' Court yesterday - 20 months after Elland town centre was partly sealed off because of the collapse.
In practical terms, the choices that may help to avert undesirable outcomes up to, and beyond, a climatic/societal cliff edge shall equally favour successful adaptation should such collapses occur.
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond, New York: Viking, 592 pages, $29.95
How could researchers possibly generate information relevant to a disaster as great as the 9/11 collapse of the World Trade Center towers?
First, "A financial collapse is rarely foreseen and tends to occur while things are going well." In fact, "positive sentiment and new era mentality" are actually a necessary condition for a crash.
He seems to believe that the difficulties that the regime faces--unemployment, religious tensions, loss of faith in communism--will inevitably lead to collapse. He points to Tibet as an example of a native population that has resisted Chinese rule, but does not go beyond what is commonly known about the dreadful Chinese occupation of that country.
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KARACHI -- Four people, including a minor girl, were killed and 85 others injured in separate wall, roof and trees collapse incidents as an intense dust storm hit the metropolis on Monday, rescue and hospital sources told.
JERUSALEM, Saturday, December 22, 2018 (WAFA) -- The West Jerusalem Israeli municipality ordered a Palestinian family living in Wadi Hilweh area of Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem, to vacate its house following the collapse of a section of a wall around the house, Wadi Hilweh Information Center said on Saturday.
He said no immediate action has been carried out as the authorities are still waiting for the water level to subside in order to figure out the real cause of the collapse.
2011: Catastrophes in India In October in India at least 32 people are killed when a bridge packed with festival crowds collapses in northeast India, about 20 miles (30 kilometres) from the hill town of Darjeeling.
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It is sickeninghellipA building collapses, lives are lost.