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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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15) HHH HH IF LAST week's Imperium was a career swerve for Daniel Radcliffe, his latest is the wheels coming off the car, shooting across the carriageway and crashing into the verge.
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ARE the wheels coming off Britain's stolen vehicle investigations?
WHEELS COMING OFF THE VAN The new Manchester United boss will be hoping to put his team's nightmare start behind him today - but he's just about written off their Premier League hopes
So the setup is odd: A raging alcoholic, with the wheels coming off the cart -- a man who is the biggest noise in a small town -- meets his match in a beautiful woman his own age, who is more successful than he is and at least as smart.
Questions have been asked both in private and on the front pages of the newspapers - were the wheels coming off Better Together?
ALL fall down is an expression that symbolizes the Indian economic juggernaut's wheels coming off on Thursday.
Nevertheless, Wales were 9-6 up at the break and extended that lead to 12-6, prior to the wheels coming off big time as they conceded two tries in the space of five minutes.
15pm IT'S hardly a sign of the wheels coming off, but CSKA's defeat at Galatasaray should give Olympiakos hope they can run the Russian giants close in Moscow, writes Steve Davies.
The aircraft left the landing field in the result with the right wing and landing wheels coming off.
THE last couple of weeks have been dominated by a persistent and totally unwelcome noise - the sound of the wheels coming off the UK and European economies, with dramatic consequences for working families.
So if that is the case, why are the wheels coming off - a point hammered home by the fact they have suffered 19 defeats this season - so spectacularly?
MIDFIELDER Nigel Quashie may have been absent after turning up late with car trouble, but there was no danger of the wheels coming off Wolves' promotion bandwagon as Mick McCarthy's side coasted to victory over Watford.
Central banks bailing out of the dollar, the wheels coming off the U.