fall to bits

fall to bits

1. Literally, to fall or break apart. This old truck my grandfather sold me started falling to bits as soon as I began driving it.
2. To become emotionally upset or unstable. She fell to bits when she heard the news of her mother's death.
See also: bit, fall
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This whole issue with Livingstone Road baths was a done deal from day one and even half of the roof was removed to help the poor old building fall to bits.
What guarantees do we have if they fall to bits as soon as we get back?
Python Properties, also submitted plans (ignored) to restore the much missed North Riding Infirmary, another building which was shamelessly allowed to fall to bits - and we all know what happened there (all that remains is the portico, pictured).
I THINK Jane Davidson is living in cloud cuckoo land if she thinks these plastic carrier bags last between 500 to 1,000 years; they are so thin they fall to bits after six to 12 months, much faster in the sun.
That's what the Government argued in the 1920s when it first allowed the TA to fall to bits.
I would rather have somebody in there and keep a bit of an eye on the place than let it fall to bits.
That may be the law, but I think that customer relations mean they should have intervened and at least given you a replacement that would not fall to bits.