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Say a scientist believes very firmly in an hypothesis despite limited evidence. After years of research, he stumbles upon a piece of evidence that entirely crushes his ideas. Is there an idiom describing such a development? I want to emphasize the excitement and hope the scientist feels while 'chasing' said idea, as well as the anxiety of finding out that his idea might be wrong.

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fall into TFD idiom

  1. To undergo a change of state or emotion, especially a negative change

As in:

I took one look at my error and fell into a bad mood, excited no more!

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Sounds like a balloon-burster to me.

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