fly apart

fly apart

to break apart, throwing pieces around. Don't run the engine too fast or it will fly apart! Mary's bicycle wheel flew apart during the race.
See also: apart, fly
References in classic literature ?
I know that I felt as though I was about to expand, to fly apart in all directions.
With a most wonderful rush he comes to the end of the tune, and flings up his hands and staggers back exhausted; and with a final shout of delight the dancers fly apart, reeling here and there, bringing up against the walls of the room.
More than two years after it handed researchers the Higgs boson - the particle thought to be the reason why everything has mass and does not fly apart - the LHC was closed down for crucial upgrade work but now the machine is ready to make scientific history for a second time.
So if just gravity were holding this rubble pile together, as is generally assumed, it would fly apart.
Thus with each group aiming to grab as big a piece of the pie as they could, after all is said and done, there will be nothing left of Iraq, or no Iraq left which is the most disastrous outcome possible, telling of a narrative where Iraqis, refusing to transcend or override their differences, will opt to see their nation fly apart, thrown away like a broken toy.
Thus with each group aiming to grab as big a piece of the pie as they could, after all is said and done, there will be nothing left of Iraq, or no Iraq left -- which is the most disastrous outcome possible, telling of a narrative where Iraqis, refusing to transcend or override their differences, will opt to see their nation fly apart, thrown away like a broken toy.
A thin-jacketed bullet spun too fast may simply fly apart in flight.
Fly apart, worm, maggot and paste (Powerbait) are the only permitted baits, and while swimfeeders can be used, loose feeding is not allowed, nor are electronic bite alarms.
The sighting is the first finding of an ambitious survey that will help astronomers place better constraints on the nature of dark energy, the mysterious repulsive force that is causing the universe to fly apart ever faster.
We think the group is no longer tied together by gravity: however, how the association will fly apart is somethie still don't understand well.
In addition, radioactive substances could fly apart if the rods are exposed as water levels drop in the pools.
In short, the universe, and we along with it, are destined inevitably to fly apart.
If Regulus spun a bit faster--at 860,000 miles per hour--it would fly apart.
This institution will eventually fly apart, torn by its unsolvable contradictions and conflicting interests.