collapse into (something)

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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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This is Malthus' legacy at its worst, and when Diamond embraces it, Collapse collapses into claptrap.
Their report proved that with Pauli's exclusion principle, matter is stable; without it, matter collapses into a dense state, creating a situation in which "the assembly of any two macroscopic objects would release energy comparable to that of an atomic bomb.
Such discharges may even explain two long-debated astrophysical questions: why sun-like stars have masses that fall within a particular range and why only a small fraction of a molecular cloud collapses into stars.
With the proper amount of mass, the core collapses into a neutron star, and if it rotates and has the proper magnetic field, the neutron star will be a pulsar, producing radio waves, light or X-rays that terrestrial observers see in pulses.