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I'm looking for an expression I could replace the one below.

to buckle under the emotional strain.

Could anyone help me to put in other words?

thanks.
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"yield to" "surrender to" fall under" "succumb to" the stress
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Hi Abbie, I just saw your post. Can't we say "give in", "collapse/bend under" (are they only reserved for their literal meanings?) "submit"?
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yes we can. It's late, and I just baited the hook for someone else to take! ThanksEmotion: yawn
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