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the wheels come off

Things go disastrously wrong; a situation devolves into ruin or chaos. But it's this point in the film where the wheels come off the story, and the whole thing ends up looking like a big, unfunny joke. Where the wheels come off for most people is the failure to set aside any meaningful savings to go towards a pension or a mortgage.
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the wheels come off

things go disastrously wrong (causing an enterprise to fail).
2006 Sunday Times There is not much a captain can do when the wheels come off and batsmen and bowlers underperform.
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Cue Luther instantly IDing the killer in a huge crowd simply for looking a bit shifty, a mad slasher who can creep up on policemen in the back seat of their own patrol cars without so much as setting off the interior light and, in lines like "I can't afford to have the wheels come off this investigation", a hefty dose of cribbing from the Bumper Book Of Things Police Officers Say On Telly But Probably Wouldn't In Real Life.