crack under the strain

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crack under the strain

To submit to the stress of a particular situation; to stop functioning due to the pressure. If you keep pushing your employees so hard, they'll eventually crack under the strain.
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crack under the strain

Fig. to have a mental or emotional collapse because of continued work or stress. He worked 80-hour weeks for a month and finally cracked under the strain.
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It was in the days of the Regency that the Dawlish coffers first began to show signs of cracking under the strain, in the era of the then celebrated Beau Dawlish.
After another miserable night some of the passengers were showing signs of cracking under the strain.
His friend Tommo is cracking under the strain and Jammy is trying to keep him going as well as himself.
There is a depressing predictability about the way the government has responded to the fact its flagship Universal Credit project has started cracking under the strain of implementation.
Mr Serwotka said: "These new jobs are a welcome step towards a recognition that the Home Office has been cracking under the strain of massive job losses, and that the answer is not more cuts, but more investment.
We fail to understand why ministers do not want to acknowledge the good news that, at a time of high unemployment, 1,100 jobs are being created to bolster vital services to the public that have been cracking under the strain of the Government's cuts.
MORE married couples are seeking help in a bid to save their relationships cracking under the strain of the current economic climate.
It's hard not to conclude that Cardus's mirror is cracking under the strain.
Police 'cracking under the pressure' CLEVELAND cops were cracking under the strain of the frontline battle against crime.
London, Dec 9 (ANI): Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has dismissed suggestions that he is cracking under the strain of managing Chelsea by claiming that he feels "zero pressure" compared with his time as coach of Brazil.
Big Brother sent a shrink into the house last night to save the show after five housemates, cracking under the strain, threatened a walkout.
Remember Leo Sayer and his prima donna strops, Jade Goody herself exposed as the nonentity she really is, Les Dennis and Vanessa Feltz cracking under the strain.
How long will the 30 pupils last before cracking under the strain of their new regime?