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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 like a house of cards

To fail abruptly and spectacularly due to having a fundamentally weak, unstable, or insecure structure or organization. (Likened to a literal house of cards, which is built by balancing playing cards against one another, and is very easily toppled). Greg decided against investing in the new technology company because he got the feeling that it would collapse like a house of cards. These sorts of schemes rely so precariously on the continued and unwavering participation of their contributors that they inevitably end up collapsing like houses of cards.
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collapse under (something's) own weight

1. Literally, of a building, structure, item, etc., to be so heavy as to cause its own collapse. The giant skyscraper was so top-heavy that it ended up collapsing under its own weight. You need to add additional supports or else that scaffolding is going to collapse under its own weight.
2. By extension, to be or become so onerous, burdensome, or overbearing as to lead to its own downfall or ruin. The company acquired dozens of smaller businesses, but expanding into so many different markets proved to be too much for it to manage, and it ended up collapsing under its own weight. The empire spread itself thin trying to maintain control of so many different nations, and as unrest in those domains grew, it eventually collapsed under its own weight.
See also: collapse, own, weight

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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The implication of isolated dilated IVC with reduced collapsibility, especially to the degree seen in our patient, in the absence of previously established causes, is unclear.
Reference [5] has suggested that soil, maybe collapsible based on the dry density, if it is less than 1.28 g/cm3, the soil is liable to significant collapse and if the dry density exceeds 1.44 g/cm3, it has a small chance of collapsing while the collapsibility is transitional in between.
In summary, correlation of fluid management with guided fluid therapy based on the use of bedside ultrasound to assess IVC variation and collapsibility indices may increase the rate of improvement in creatinine and creatinine clearance in patients with AKI.
In patients with end-stage renal disease receiving chronic hemodialysis therapy, ultrasound to determine IVC diameter and collapsibility may be a helpful tool for estimation of intravascular volume status or "dry weight" [11-16].
Fat deposition in the tissues surrounding the upper airway appears to result in a smaller lumen and increased collapsibility of the upper airway, predisposing to apnea.
The spindle features ceramic ball bearings and an ultra-precise collet system: the AA-grade Mega Micro Collet guarantees 1-micron runout at the collet nose and 0.102-mm collapsibility assures highly concentric clamping of the micro-tool shank.
Sedation increases upper airway collapsibility and increases the risk of post-operative cardiorespiratory complications (Bailey et al 1990).
Inotec TC 5000 features improved collapsibility properties for light metal casting, improved immediate strength levels, and increased storage life for cores.
With fluid replacement, the collapsibility reduces and the diameter increases.
In 2000, a section on oral appliances was created in the Academy of Sleep Medicine.11 De- spite variations in OD design, the aim of all of these devices is to improve the patency of the upper airway during sleep by increasing its dimensions and reduc- ing its collapsibility. ODs are basically thermoplastic materials with retainers and supports and are usually custom made.
They originate in larger airways when there is an excessive secretion, abnormal airway collapsibility due to repetitive rupture of surfactant film covering alveoli.
Technical characteristics remain constant with slight changes in size, but the same rich 3-Watt adjusting sound thanks to speaker's collapsibility - standard when stretched and subdued when turned facedown.
Mechanical parameters determining pharyngeal collapsibility in patients with sleep apnea.