collapse/fall (etc.) in a heap

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Definition of collapse/fall (etc.) in a heap

: to fall very suddenly to the ground and lie there
  • Overcome by heat exhaustion, he collapsed/fell in a heap.

Word by Word Definitions

collapse play
  1. : to fall or shrink together abruptly and completely : fall into a jumbled or flattened mass through the force of external pressure

  2. : to break down completely : disintegrate

  3. : to cave or fall in or give way

  1. : a breakdown in vital energy, strength, or stamina

  2. : a state of extreme prostration and physical depression (as from circulatory failure or great loss of body fluids)

  3. : an airless state of all or part of a lung originating spontaneously or induced surgically

fall play
  1. : to descend freely by the force of gravity

  2. : to hang freely

  3. : to drop oneself to a lower position

  1. : the act of falling by the force of gravity

  2. : a falling out, off, or away : dropping

  3. : the season when leaves fall from trees : autumn

  1. : of, relating to, or suitable for autumn

heap play
  1. : a collection of things thrown one on another : pile

  2. : a great number or large quantity : lot

  1. : to throw or lay in a heap : pile or collect in great quantity

  2. : to form or round into a heap

  3. : to form a heap on : load heavily


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