collapsed in a heap of tears


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Dear all,
this is from the novel I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo.

The whistle blew and I wheeled away to celebrate our win as the Eastridge players collapsed in a heap of tears and instant recriminations.

Does word collapsed mean that the players fell on the ground?
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    Yes but it’s probably not being used literally here : it seems unlikely that the entire team fell to the ground crying.
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