collapse verb (FALL)
- It looks as if the whole political edifice of the country is about to collapse.
- I should think you're about ready to collapse after all that walking.
- The building's foundations are rather shaky, and it could collapse at any time.
- At the end of the race his legs gave out and he collapsed on the ground.
- The woman staggered and collapsed in a heap.
collapse verb (FAIL)
- The company is staggering under a $15 million debt and will almost certainly collapse by the end of the year.
- Things have gone badly for him since his business collapsed.
- All charges against them were withdrawn after the prosecution's case collapsed.
- The talks have collapsed and both sides have resorted to brinkmanship.
- She'd invested extensively in stocks and got her fingers burned when the market collapsed.
collapse noun (FAILURE)
Negotiations between the two countries are on the brink/verge of collapse (= very soon going to fail). 两国的谈判濒临破裂。
- The collapse of the company was described as the greatest financial debacle in US history.
- The collapse of Communism changed East-West relations for ever.
- The company is on the edge of collapse.
- The collapse of its rivals brought fortuitous gains to the company.
- The collapse of the bank is an ominous reminder of the fragility of the world's banking system.