collapse verb

1 of a building

ADV. completely

PREP. into Several buildings have collapsed into the sea. | under The roof collapsed under the weight of snow.

2 of a sick person

ADV. suddenly

PREP. against The man collapsed against the wall and slid down it. | from She collapsed suddenly from a heart attack. | with He collapsed with shock.

3 fail

ADV. eventually, finally In November the strike finally collapsed. | quickly, rapidly | suddenly | virtually

PHRASES to collapse in the face of sth The scheme collapsed in the face of determined opposition.