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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.
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
On another occasion, as Drebber passed under a cliff a great boulder crashed down on him, and he only escaped a terrible death by throwing himself upon his face.
Then, when our ammunition was gone and the Klondiker, still somewhat sober, began to babble again of Milly, Kraft whispered into his ear such a polite, barbed insult relating to people who were miserly with their funds, that the miner crashed down handful after handful of silver and notes, calling for all the fluids in the world to drown the imputation.
After several minutes his body crashed down to the ground.
Tower after tower crashed down, with blazing roof and rafter; and the combatants were driven from the court-yard.
The topmast anticked high in the air for a space, then crashed down to deck, permitting the bowsprit to dip into the sea, go clear with the butt of it of the forecastle head, and drag alongside.
The chandelier had crashed down upon the head of the wretched woman who had come to the Opera for the first time in her life, the one whom M.
Squalling like an infuriated cat, the shadow crashed down through tree-ferns and orchids and thudded upon the earth at his feet, and, still squalling its rage and pain, had sunk its human teeth into the ankle of his stout tramping boot.
The dog-driver held the axe poised in his hand, and as Buck shot past him the axe crashed down upon mad Dolly's head.
That morning the mizzen topsail tie had carried away(probably a defective link) and something like forty feet of chain and wire-rope, mixed up with a few heavy iron blocks, had crashed down from aloft on the poop with a terrifying racket.
A five-mile stretch of the M6 was closed after a lorry crashed down an embankment.
Summary: Algeria [Algiers] April 11 (ANI): At least 200 people are feared to have died after a military aircraft crashed down near an airport on Wednesday at Boufarik in Algeria's capital Algiers.
A YOUNG mum claims her children could have been hurt after a ceiling crashed down at her home.
TWO children were taken to hospital after part of a fairground ride crashed down on top of them in Sefton Park.
Father-of-six Ceri Grif-fiths, 71, could not escapeas the tree crashed down onto his head at the wildlife tourist attraction.