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fall to pieces

1. To physically break or fall apart. If we don't get the roof replaced soon, it could just fall to pieces on us.
2. To become very emotional. Poor Jane really fell to pieces during the funeral service. I can't watch those sappy movies because I just fall to pieces every time.
3. To deteriorate or go awry. Boy, this party has really fallen to pieces. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
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fall to pieces

 
1. Lit. to break into pieces. The road was so rough the car almost fell to pieces. I was afraid that my bicycle would fall to pieces before I got there.
2. Fig. to become emotionally upset. I was so nervous, I fell to pieces and couldn't give my speech. Roger fell to pieces when his mother died.
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fall to ˈpieces


1 (usually used in the progressive tenses) (of things) become very old and in bad condition because of long use: Our car is falling to pieces, we’ve had it so long.
2 (of a person, an organization, a plan, etc.) stop working; be destroyed: He’s worried that the business will fall to pieces without him.
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fall to pieces

1. To break apart; disintegrate or collapse.
2. To become distraught or lose one's ability to cope.
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Canadian Churchman reported that Malcolm Muggeridge, British journalist, author and television personality, told an overflowing crowd at Wycliffe College that western civilization is falling to pieces. He said there are "ominous similarities" to the collapse of the Roman Empire, that our institutions are not working, and that relationships between human beings are not satisfying or functioning.
The fact that the Star-Spangled Banner stayed in private hands for so long and was displayed only on patriotic occasions probably saved it from completely falling to pieces, historians speculate.
It's falling to pieces now; slowly very slowly I'm letting it all unravel
Karanka pointed to Boro "falling to pieces" two seasons ago after leading the division as a warning against complacency.
He was sleeping badly and he couldn't eat, had no appetite and he was falling to pieces.
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More than a tenth of vehicles had empty fuel tanks when hired out, one car had brakes "falling to pieces" while another had oil leaking out of the engine.
"If my training sessions were falling to pieces, if I had an open revolt from my senior players, then the pressure would be on, but that's not been the case.
``My building is 50 years old and it's falling to pieces.