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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.
See also: fall, piece

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.
See also: fall, piece

fall to pieces

1. To break apart; disintegrate or collapse.
2. To become distraught or lose one's ability to cope.
See also: fall, piece
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His supergroup Velvet Revolver's new single Fall To Pieces tells of a rock star on the brink of oblivion.
One of the commentators made the point that the England team seemed to fall to pieces after Rooney limped off.
One of her CDs includes favorites like ``Crazy,'' ``I Can't Stop Loving You,'' ``I Fall to Pieces,'' ``Tennessee Waltz,'' ``Honky Tonk Angels'' and ``Don't Tell Me What to Do.
The "Rhythm, Country & Blues" album features such inspired pairings of country and R&B singers (and songs) as Vince Gill and Gladys Knight on "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," Al Green and Lyle Lovett on "Funny How Time Slips Away," Aaron Neville and Trisha Yearwood on "I Fall to Pieces," Little Richard and Tanya Tucker on "Somethin' Else," Patti LaBelle and Travis Tritt on "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," Sam Moore and Conway Twitty on "Rainy Night in Georgia," Clint Black and the Pointer Sisters on "Chain of Fools," Natalie Cole and Reba McEntire on "Since I Fell For You," Chet Atkins and Allen Toussaint on "Southern Nights," the Staple Singers and Marty Stuart on "The Weight" and George Jones and B.
WHILE the Bishop and Ashley want to discuss the arrangements for baby Daniel's funeral, all Laurel wants is to be left alone to quietly fall to pieces.
But it was Fall to Pieces that really got the crowd going and, as usual, it was the old classics that provoked the biggest response.
The great element of this talent trial was that there were no humiliating put downs and the emphasis was on making sure everyone who appeared did not fall to pieces.
The "Rhythm, Country & Blues" album features such inspired pairings of country and R&B stars as Al Green and Lyle Lovett on "Ain't it funny How Time Slips Away," Vince Gill and Gladys Knight on "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," Clint Black and the Pointer Sisters on "Chain of Fools," Aaron Neville and Trisha Yearwood on "I Fall to Pieces," George Jones and B.
The action culminates in dramatic samurai movie-inspired "Tate" cut scenes, where enemies literally fall to pieces.
Bassist Carl Dalemo said of their LP - due in July: "In The Morning, Who Needs Love, Fall To Pieces and I Can't Stop This Feeling I've Got were recorded in a week.
Patsy's in fine form, giving her all to ``A Poor Man's Roses'' and ``I Fall to Pieces,'' slinging fast, funny comebacks to the crowd, bantering with her musicians, delivering unexpected pop covers such as ``Shake, Rattle and Roll,'' and proving why she's still considered the greatest female country singer of 'em all.
Howard has become a legend by his songs: "I Fall To Pieces," "Life Turned Her That Way," "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail," "Somewhere Tonight," "Above And Beyond," "Busted," "Heartaches By The Number," and, most recently, "Blame It On Your Heart.
Among the framed lyric sheets are: Johnny Mandel's "The Shadow of Your Smile," Alan Jackson and Jim McBride's "Chattahoochee" Graham Nash's "Teach Your Children," Harlan Howard's "I Fall to Pieces," Joe South's "The Games People Play" and Hal David's "Raindrop's Keep Fallin' on My Head.
The current single Before I Fall To Pieces is doing really well but the second single America was No1 last month.
Fall To Pieces was a haunting reminder of what Guns 'N' Roses were, it was Slash's turn to bask in the limelight with a guitar solo reminiscent of the old G 'N' R classics like November Rain and Don't Cry.