the bottom falls out (of something)

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bottom falls out

A phrase used to describe something that ends or goes awry abruptly. Work quickly to close that deal—the boss will be furious if the bottom falls out at the last minute.
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the bottom falls out (of something)

The value of something reaches an extreme low point or collapses entirely. If the bottom falls out of the housing market, I'll have to sell the house for a significant loss. The CEO is being investigated for insider trading because she cashed out over $200 million in stocks just before the bottom fell out.
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bottom fell out (of something)

Fig. a much lower limit or level of something was reached. The bottom fell out of the market and I lost a lot of money.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

the bottom falls out of something

If the bottom falls out of a market or industry, people stop buying its products in as large quantities as they did before. But just as quickly, the bottom fell out of the American home video game market. Note: You can also say that the bottom drops out of a market or industry. By the late seventies the bottom dropped out of the steel industry and heavy industry in general.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

the bottom falls (or drops) out of something

something fails or collapses totally.
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