I heard this expression and I don't know what it means. I googled it and it was mostly financial meanings. But mine is not. I'm writing the context exactly.

The bottom kind of dropped out when I heard that Amanda was pregnant. Because she wasn't able to take care of herself at that point let alone take care of a child.

Thank you.

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    The usage would have started in contexts like "The bottom dropped out of the market" (the market fell very sharply, as if not supported by a solid bottom/base). From there things moved on to the idiomatically common form "The bottom dropped out of my world when she left me" (I had no underlying support). Your usage seems to me to be an extension too far, but the meaning is clear enough. – FumbleFingers Feb 26 '15 at 19:27
  • It doesn't seem likely that your bottom would drop when you hear about a problem with someone else, unless it directly affects you. And the bottom would refer to a wide community, not appropriate for a personal tragedy. – Barmar Feb 26 '15 at 20:13

I'd agree with both comments: the statement is easily understandable, but the image is overdone. You might instead try something like "My heart sank when I heard..."

Or, of course, you can use it anyways, and if enough people imitate you it will become accepted.

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