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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.
See also: crack, strain
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: crack, strain
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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It works up to the crisis very slowly as Jack is first of all left alone and then gradually cracks under the strain of isolation in day-long darkness and the accompanying malign haunting.
If the coalition cracks under the strain of the cuts, the next election could come sooner than we think and it could be in the middle of the second dip in a double dip recession.
Presently giving my body beautiful a rest whilst studying Spanish until my brain cracks under the strain. Oh, and still running my own consultancy business.
Despite knowing he and Viv are both innocent, Bob Hope (Tony Audenshaw) cracks under the strain of his wife's guilty plea and flips when villagers demand their money back from the charity fund.
On Halloween night, as revellers roamthe streets of River City, she finally cracks under the strain of covering up Archie's disappearance and becomes convinced his ghost is haunting her.
Todd cracks under the strain and tells Eileen about his gay feelings, while Candice's new bloke gives her the runaround.
But she cracks under the strain and turns to the bottle.
When Egg cracks under the strain of paying so much, currently 1.25 per cent above base rate, it still promises to pay at least half a per cent above base rate until 2000 and then at least base rate until 2001 (tel 08450 399 399).
May 96: He cracks under the strain of losing the title to Alex Ferguson's Manchester United and says he wants to quit.
Every time Caen attacked Squillaci panicked and Gers will hope he cracks under the strain of the intimidating Ibrox atmosphere this week.
It's different of course if he cracks under the strain and quits.