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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

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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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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Sou Koeun, Russey Chroy commune chief, said the collapse of the portion of the road, measuring 40 metres by 20 metres, was 'because of the water flow of the river'.
If the collapse was from a covered cause of loss, and no exclusion applies, then there should be coverage.
deadliest bridge collapses occurred in 1980, when a 1,000-foot section of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Florida collapsed after getting hit by a freighter during a storm.
With the consideration of the serious problem with tunnel collapses, the method with the pressure arch was put forward to predict tunnel collapse in the present work.
Pastor in charge of the church, Temitope Joshua, attributed the cause of the collapse to a mysterious helicopter flying repeatedly over the building.
Residential building collapse is a common phenomenon in Egypt.
aACoeThe high rate of system collapses in recent time, which has given rise to more than 15 collapses in the last five months, calls for a critical look.
The city council report states: "The collapse occurred without visible or audible warning to the occupants of the garage and was sudden.
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.
The definition of progressive collapse has evolved over time and in different codes but essentially it is a phenomenon in which an initial local failure spread from element to element and eventually results in the collapse of the whole structure or to an extent disproportionate to the original failure.
the Court also rejected the insured's argument that the policy language violated public policy by encouraging property owners to risk injury or death by waiting until a building literally collapses so as to ensure coverage for the loss.
A HUDDERSFIELD builder has appeared in court in connection with the collapse of a building in Elland.
Three others were killed in another building collapse in Qalyoub, some 20 kilometres (13 miles) north of Cairo.
Was the relationship between the two collapses merely temporal, or was it causal?
Direct measurements suggest that climate change accompanies dramatic and deeply disturbing collapses of terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems in different regions worldwide.