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fall apart (at the seams)

 and come apart at the seams 
1. . Lit. [for something] to break apart where its parts are joined. The dress fell apart at the seams. I wouldn't have thought that a coat that cost that much money would just come apart at the seams.
2. Fig. to break down mentally. Tom works too much and finally fell apart. Poor Ralph simply fell apart at the seams.
See also: apart, fall

fall apart

1. to stop working or fail completely Her marriage fell apart after about ten years. The deal to sell the company fell apart last summer. Related vocabulary: go to pieces
2. to break into pieces Cook the tomatoes until they begin to fall apart. When the roof wasn't repaired, the building really began to fall apart.
See also: apart, fall

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 come apart at the seams; go to pieces.
See also: apart, fall

fall apart

v.
1. To disintegrate, collapse, or break into pieces: The rickety chair fell apart when I sat on it.
2. To suffer a nervous breakdown: The political prisoner fell apart after years in solitary confinement.
3. To lose structure or continuity: Our vacation plans fell apart because we couldn't agree on which country to visit.
See also: apart, fall
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On the plus side, the oatcake does not fall apart when spreading a topping but that does not detract from the disappointing taste.
This year marks the 50-year anniversary of Things Fall Apart.
Furthermore, a local program Princeton Reads also encouraged the community to read Things Fall Apart in March In addition, events have been or will be held in France, Ghana, India, Kenya, Portugal, South Africa and a number of other countries.
Scholars have described Things Fall Apart as the spark that ignited the proliferation of modern African novel writing.
Not only did Things Fall Apart clear the rough terrain for other novels to follow, but it "has contributed more than any other single book in establishing both the Ibo and the African continent as a normal society, a society of culture, tradition, law and government," says Obiwu Iwuanyanwu, director of the writing center at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, who has written extensively on Achebe.
Joseph Conrad defined the colonial world with his Heart of Darkness in 1900; Chinua Achebe redefined the postcolonial world with Things Fall Apart in 1958.
Because repeated hammer blows to the plywood did not erase the mounds, Berg believes they are stable once formed and would not fall apart during repeated earthquakes.
Instead the alterations weaken the dimer linkage, causing it to fall apart easily.
Everyone expected us to fall apart because we had just two kids back.
Anything with fewer tends to fall apart because of the strain in the sharply bent carbon connections.
But the company's sales are dependent on just a handful of projects, putting it in a precarious position if one or two fall apart, said analyst Debra Fiakas at HD Brous & Co.
The ice shelves-floating sheets of ice extending from the coast-are extremely sensitive to changing conditions and fall apart when temperatures rise above a critical point, report David G.
From this event, they conclude that ice shelves may retreat slowly at first and then fall apart rapidly after reaching a critical limit.
But, obviously, as a manager, if a guy's skills completely fall apart for a 2-3-week period, then somebody is going to have to make a move.