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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.
See also: apart, come

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

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
References in classic literature ?
It seemed to him that the walls were coming apart, that the furniture swayed at him; the ceiling slanted queerly for a moment, a tall wardrobe tried to topple over.
Some of our MPs and councillors love the idea of being members of an EU club, but it will fall to the average family of voters who will have to foot the bill in rates and taxes at a time when public services are being "cost cut" and coming apart at the seams.
Sweet Dreams, Ain't No Money and Coming Apart At The Dreams.
I can hear our origins coming apart in little ways.
The new horizontal dovetail locking legs make it more stable, and keep it from coming apart when you pick it up to move it.
In October 2015 astronomers announced that they had discovered a rocky object coming apart in a death spiral around this distant star.
He explains that many older golf bags are made in the South, and stamped with the name of where they're made, on a brass plate: "They're throwbacks to American vintage quality, and they resist coming apart.
I lost the first two rounds and then probably the fourth, but late on I could tell I was hurting him, he was coming apart, his hands were coming down and he wasn't sharp on his feet anymore.
After a year spent trying to fend off Eurozone demands for new austerity measures, narrowly dodging multiple defaults to the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank -- and now faced with an influx of Middle Eastern and North African immigrants -- Greece's government seems to be coming apart at the seams.
snakes on a fence the leather is coming apart clear up to the last hole
But in reality, all three countries are in danger of coming apart at the seams.
The asteroid began coming apart early last year, but the latest images show that pieces continue to emerge.
The pilot elected to divert to a nearby airport but the engine "began coming apart," with pieces striking the underside of the cowling.
3:59 tells of Josie, whose life is coming apart with her parents' divorce and her boyfriend's distance.