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come apart

1. To break, crumble, or disassemble into smaller pieces or components (unintentionally); to fall apart or come undone. The cookie was so soft that it just came apart in my hands. Hold that mechanism carefully so it doesn't come apart—it's a chore to assemble it.
2. To separate or disassemble into individual pieces. And when you're done with the clothing rack, it comes apart in three pieces for easy storage.
3. To be approaching failure. Boy, this party is really coming apart. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests have canceled.
4. To become very emotional. Poor Jane really came apart during the funeral service. I can't watch those sappy movies because I just come apart every time.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

come apart

to break apart; to break up. The missile came apart in midair. I was afraid our car would come apart on that rough road.
See also: apart, come
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

come apart

v.
1. To be separated into parts; disintegrate; break apart: The roof of the old building is starting to come apart and needs to be replaced.
2. To be capable of being separated into parts: This picnic table comes apart into five pieces that easily fit in the car.
3. To begin to fail, especially by losing coherence or due to internal conflict: My schedule is getting so busy that my plan to visit Poland is coming apart. Halfway through the proposal, their arguments in favor of buying the house came apart.
4. To be suddenly unable to cope with negative emotions; have an emotional breakdown: When I heard the news about their death, I completely came apart.
See also: apart, come
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The Chocolate Station also features two dipping trays to hold ingredients for sprinkling or dipping over the quick shell, a dipping well with lid, drizzle spoon and an instruction manual with recipes for quick ice cream bases, quick shells and topping ideas.The unit, which is dishwasher safe and comes apart for cleaning, sells for a suggested $19.95.
Tensions are rising in the resource rich state as an uneasy unity government comes apart at the seams and as President Robert Mugabe, 87, pushes for elections this year.
However, cracks appear in Roulet's version of events, giving Haller cause for concern as his robust defence comes apart at the seams.
Keep your sink area clutter-free with this handy sink tidy from Lakeland.This clever invention stores your washing-up liquid, sponges and brushes,keeping them all in one handy place yet neatly stacked away.It even comes with a tray to catch water at the base and easily comes apart for cleaning purposes.
Everything comes apart at the seams, however, when her parents drag her to Sandyland, a dreary seaside town.
If the splice comes apart inside the pillar, you'll have to remove the pillar trim to fish the new cable.
Just as the human being comes apart at death, with the body dying and decaying while "the breath of life" persists, we suggest that a person comes apart in a similar way at other crucial junctures of life, such as moments of excruciating shame and delirious orgasmic experience, insurmountable trauma and ecstatic spiritual experience.
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