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the bubble bursts

A period of unusually high success ends. A "bubble" describes something, typically a trend or market, that expands until it "pops" (fails). When the bubble bursts on these toys, a lot of people are going to be left with a lot of worthless trinkets. In the 90s, the bubble burst on Internet startups, but that didn't stop the success of online ventures.
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the bubble bursts

COMMON You say the bubble bursts to mean that a very successful or happy time ends. The bubble has burst. Crowds at the team's World League games are down from last year's 40,000 average to 22,000. After the internet bubble burst, you would have believed that no one wanted innovation. Note: You can also say that someone or something pricks the bubble when they cause something happy or successful to end. They fear to do anything that would prick the stock-market bubble. Note: The bubble referred to in these expressions is the South Sea Bubble, a financial disaster which took its name from The South Sea Company. In the early 18th century, this company took over the British national debt in return for a monopoly of trade with the South Seas. A lot of people invested in the company, but it crashed in 1720 and many investors became bankrupt.
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the bubble ˈbursts

there is a sudden end to a good or lucky situation: When the bubble finally burst, hundreds of people lost their jobs.
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Over the past four years, house prices in Dublin are down 48% and apartments 57%, while the fall in residential property prices outside the capital is about 40% since the bubble burst.
FORMER Gretna keeper Tony Caig admits he could have been in the dole queue as the bubble burst at Raydale Park.
When the bubble burst and these companies ran out of cash, landlords were put in a very tough position--shrinking demand for space, falling rents, and tech tenants that couldn't pay the rent, wouldn't vacate the space, and had no hard assets.
The bubble burst for three Huddersfield bowling events and the town's open tennis tournament when Ben Shaws pulled out of their sponsorship.
Instead, he asserted, the central bank needed to be at the ready to mitigate the damage after the bubble burst.
Before the bubble burst, these companies seemed so lively, so bright, so new, and so exciting.
com bubble and despite some lean years, we passionately believed that i-MARK would prosper after the bubble burst because we focused on the right vertical solutions.
The bubble burst for the multi-million station when it was forced to shut down in February.
The Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, a set of regulations that were suppose to cure corporate fraud and restore shareholder confidence and help the market regain some of the massive losses after the bubble burst.
May the bubble burst soon and property prices come down to more realistic values for everybody's sake.
In 1992, as recession engulfed Europe, the bubble burst.
We've seen the bubble burst with stock options but companies still need to consider the numerous more cost effective options that are attractive alternatives for participants (without additional corporate cost).
Among his recent tips were tech shares after the bubble burst and selling at the bottom of the market.