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give way (1)

This page is about the collocation give way (1)

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to collapse due to weight or pressure

For example

  • I'd nearly finished the marathon when my legs gave way.

  • If the pillars aren't strong enough, they'll give way under the weight of the upper floors.

Quick Quiz

The roof gave way because it

a. wasn't strong enough

b. wasn't weak enough

c. wasn't high enough

Contributor: Matt Errey