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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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The report has recommended that some pre-construction measures be taken in order to minimise damage to buildings in collapsible soils, and one such recommendation was excavating the soils and building a conventional reinforced concrete strip footing.
For the nearly 40% of automotive parts that don't require protective dunnage, collapsible reusable packaging is ideal.
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I designed a chair to be collapsible with a detachable worktop, which can be stored beneath the seat.
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Rising costs for shipping, cleaning and disposal - as high as $50 per ton - are making the use of collapsible intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) a viable option for food companies these days.
Enhancing the installation's warehouse effect, were four collapsible benches (each titled Tisch [Table, 1996]), made from the same material.
When a corporation and its founding shareholders issue a public offering of stock before it has generated a substantial amount of taxable income--a situation common in the high-tech industries--there is a good chance the entity will be considered a collapsible corporation.
He found that deep, negative draft cavities could be transferred accurately from clay to bronze with a process he developed using collapsible bladders in the rubber mold.
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Created specifically for the handling, storage and transportation of up to 1,500 pounds of primary packaging preforms, caps and closures, the BulkPak GP404846 collapsible bulk container is ideal for beverage processors and bottlers.