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fall apart

verb (intransitive, adverb)
to break owing to long use or poor construction: the chassis is falling apart
to become disorganized and ineffective: since you resigned, the office has fallen apart
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  • But I'm telling you; you'll have to do something, or this whole setup of yours will fall apart.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • It was brittle in the creases, and threatened to fall apart.

    In Her Own Right

    John Reed Scott
  • If the skirt is too tight around the hips the plaits will fall apart at the back.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • After her marriage they seemed to fall apart as people often do, and she heard you were all dead.

    A Modern Cinderella Amanda M. Douglas
  • The fabric he had made so carefully was ready to fall apart.

Slang definitions & phrases for fall apart

fall apart

verb phrase

To lose one's usual poise and confidence;losecontrol; LOSEone'sCOOL: Even the seasoned troupers fall apart (1945+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with fall apart

fall apart

Collapse, break down, either physically or mentally and emotionally. For example,
This chair is about to fall apart
, or
After his wife died, he fell apart
. For synonyms for the latter usage, see
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