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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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References in classic literature ?
They tease him; the bubble bursts! A swing, a bursting bubble--such is my song!"
'It is important to let the bubble burst; too much credit will only delay the bursting, keeping prices artificially high and putting at risk the financial solvency of buyers.
But people who paid deposits for off-the-plan developments were left with nothing after the bubble burst.
It was clear we were increasing the size of the public sector massively and beyond our means and that when the bubble burst, as all bubbles do, we would be left with unsustainable costs.
The arrival of seven summer signings had led to a swell of optimism among the Tottenham support, but the bubble burst on Sunday afternoon when West Ham crushed their London rivals 3-0 at White Hart Lane.
Construction companies have added 98,000 jobs in the past four months, the best hiring spree since the bubble burst in 2006.
The bubble burst and the reverberations quickly rocked the farming communities in the South.
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.
The bubble burst in the money markets, the bubble will burst in Liverpool too.
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.
When the bubble burst, attention turned back to central Tokyo and Rinkai's artificial islands were left at sea.
In the end, the bubble burst. "After a decade of thinking Argentina was the golden child of emerging markets, investors and banks are waking up to the fact that it was the black hole," says Christian Stracke, strategist for Commerzbank Securities in New York.