collapse under the weight of (someone or something)

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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.
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Officers said the property was dangerous, with flooring and a ceiling on the verge of collapsing under the weight of two tons of wet soil.
We were collapsing under the weight of the work we were doing.
The video in question shows the false ceiling of a food stall collapsing under the weight of rain water.
Southend was worst hit with more than 30 incidents, including the roof of a Chinese restaurant collapsing under the weight of rain water.
France's online forums, those virtual bastions of Liberte, Agalite, and Fraternite, are the unsung victims of Operation Protective Edge: with three times the amount of user-generated comments, most of them heinous, forum moderators are collapsing under the weight of inane vitriol.
Only last November the club warned supporters the 139-year-old institution was in danger of collapsing under the weight of a PS450,000 bill following the launch of a winding-up order by HMRC.
The worst-affected areas were the North East of Scotland and the North East of England, where snow falls of over two feet led to hundreds of farm building roofs collapsing under the weight of snow.
The bad weather has led to the deaths of 24 people over the past week, Xinhua reported, mainly in road accidents or through makeshift buildings collapsing under the weight of snow.
But thanks to the paperwork and red tape introduced by this government, the benefits system is collapsing under the weight of its own complexity.
China Aviation Oil has sought protection from its creditors after collapsing under the weight of USD550m of trading losses on oil futures.
The prime minister issued his initial warning after Israeli engineers said that construction work performed by the Wakf in recent years had weakened the mount to such a degree that it was in danger of collapsing under the weight of a massive crowd.
While people extol Canada's health system, few realise that private health care is now illegal in Canada and the public system is collapsing under the weight of its own bureaucracy.
Exhibits celebrating how the Belgians "stopped slavery" in the Congo, golden statues representing Europeans delivering "civilization" and "justice," poorly lit dioramas brimming with dumpy animals collapsing under the weight of the straw they were stuffed with back in simpler times: It all brings to mind the museum scene in Chris Marker's La Jetee.
British Energy is collapsing under the weight of a colossal debt.
NCB, a long-term credit bank in Tokyo, has been under state control since December 1998 after collapsing under the weight of its bad loans.