wheels come/fall off

idiom

informal
used to say that someone or something fails in a sudden or unexpected way
The pitcher was doing well for the first four innings, then the wheels fell off in the fifth.

Examples of wheels come/fall off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Couple that with the sky-high dealer markups some are charging for a new car today, is there any wonder people are driving their cars till the wheels fall off? 📬 Sign up for the Daily Brief Our free, fast, and fun briefing on the global economy, delivered every weekday morning. Owen Bellwood / Jalopnik, Quartz, 2 May 2024 Or, the two-point loss in Indiana after scoring 80 first-half points and having the wheels fall off — again — in the fourth quarter. Shane Young, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Ceiling is a Super Bowl victory, and the floor is 7 to 8 wins if the wheels fall off. Daniel Kohn, Spin, 6 Sep. 2023 Kim Kardashian is riding with sister Khloé Kardashian until the wheels fall off! Dayna Haffenden, Peoplemag, 7 June 2023 That big inning, where the floodgates open for Texas, the wheels come off for the opponent, and the Rangers plate two, three, four or more back-breaking runs. Shawn McFarland, Dallas News, 13 May 2023 Every man should own one pair of selvedge denim, in a dark wash, purchased new and then worn until the wheels fall off. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 6 Mar. 2023 Then comes the 90-day race involving a deep examination of the business, and that’s where the wheels fall off. Anthony Bahr, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 And even if the wheels come off, their floor would still be division champions. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 7 Sep. 2022

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“Wheels come/fall off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheels%20come%2Ffall%20off. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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