crash down

crash down

1. Literally, to fall down or collapse, often noisily. When the tree crashed down in the woods, it woke us all up.
2. By extension, to result in disaster or lose all stability amidst drastic problems. When I lied on my resume to get my dream job, I really hoped it wouldn't all come crashing down around me—but, of course, it did. I've felt like my life is crashing down around me ever since my husband's sudden death.
See also: crash, down

crash down

 (around someone or something) and crash down (about someone or something)
1. and crash in (on someone or something) Lit. [for something] to collapse on someone or something. The walls crashed in around the burning house. The branches of the tree crashed down on the roof. The old barn crashed down.
2. Fig. [for the structure and stability of one's life] to fall apart. Her whole life crashed down around her. Everything he was familiar with crashed down about him.
See also: crash, down
References in classic literature ?
So fierce was their meeting that their spears shivered up to the very grasp, and the horses reared backwards until it seemed that they must crash down upon their riders.
The avalanche had shaken and slid a little forward, but it did not yet crash down.
Then the strange sucks would grip my legs and drag me under, to spout me up in some fierce boiling, where, even as I tried to catch my breath, a great whitecap would crash down upon my head.
Gales of up to 75mph tore across the region this morning, causing a tree to fall on a house extension in Pencoed, and another 60ft tree to crash down in Whitchurch, Cardiff.
One wrong move and the whole shebang will crash down on you.
In Berlin, the practice chose to emphasize the rocky verticality of their country: the only one in Scandinavia to have significant mountains - awesome places of the north in which vast cliffs of igneous and metamorphic rock crash down into the prodigiously deep, icy green waters of the fjords.
Our DEs crash down into the C gaps, while the inside LBs carry out an X blitz into the B gaps.