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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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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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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.
The book was obviously in this person's possession for a long time as it was sadly coming apart, but it held together.
Astronomers have been observing Gault coming apart to learn more about what comprises asteroids without having to send a probe to collect material, according to Olivier Hainaut of the European Southern Observatory in Germany, a member of the Gault observing team.
from 21 countries," The Guardian reported January 25 that they wrote in a "manifesto published in several newspapers, including The Guardian, that Europe as an idea was 'coming apart before our eyes.'"
Ryan's life is coming apart at the seams and Rose is watching him struggle, as she deals with her own impending death.
Looking at those anniversaries together helps us better understand how and why that world is now coming apart, and what it might take to put at least some of it back together, and maybe even move forward.
Then twine is tied around the shock to keep it from coming apart.
"Coming Apart: How to Heal Your Broken Heart" by psychotherapist Daphne Rose Kingma is a kind of first aid kit for getting through the ending.
Two Movies about a marriage coming apart at the seams.
In recent years (though not in 2017) there has been a tendancy for good-sounding Budgets to start coming apart at the seams in the days following the Chancellor's announcement.
An organisation which is supposed to unite various nations in peace and prosperity is coming apart at the seams.
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.