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go to pieces

 
1. Lit. [for something] to fall apart into many pieces. The vase—which had been repaired many times—just went to pieces when I put it down. When the window was hit by the ball, it went to pieces.
2. Fig. [for something] to become nonfunctional. His plan went to pieces. All her hopes and ideas went to pieces in that one meeting.
3. Fig. [for someone] to have a mental collapse. Poor Jane went to pieces after her divorce. Fred went to pieces during the trial.
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go to pieces

also fall to pieces
to lose confidence in yourself and feel you have no control over events After he and Edna divorced, Art went to pieces. His world fell to pieces in 1966 when civil war broke out in Nigeria.
Related vocabulary: fall apart
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go/fall to pieces

 
1. if someone goes to pieces, they become so upset that they are unable to control their feelings or think clearly I kept my composure throughout the funeral, but I went to pieces after everyone had gone home.
2. to suddenly fail completely After winning the British Open last year, his game has really gone to pieces.
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go to pieces

Experience an emotional or mental breakdown, as in When she heard of his death she went to pieces. [Late 1800s] For a synonym, see fall apart, def. 2.
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Each year the Addicks get to within touching distance of Europe and then go to pieces in April, blowing their hopes of the UEFA Cup spot which would take the club forward.
When a player makes a bogey he will almost certainly drift in outright betting, but players with a solid temperament find themselves able to respond to a setback with a positive score on the following hole, while others are prone to letting their emotions get the better of them and go to pieces.
He added: "I was really, really trying to hold it back because I really don't want to go to pieces.