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fall apart

1. Literally, to break into pieces. Don't stand on that rickety old chair—it's liable to fall apart at any moment.
2. To be approaching failure. Boy, this party is really falling apart. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
3. To become very emotional, especially with sadness or grief. Poor Jane really fell apart during the funeral service. I can't watch those sappy movies because I just fall apart every time.
See also: apart, fall

fall apart (at the seams)

 and come apart at the seams 
1. . Lit. [for something] to break apart where its parts are joined. The dress fell apart at the seams. I wouldn't have thought that a coat that cost that much money would just come apart at the seams.
2. Fig. to break down mentally. Tom works too much and finally fell apart. Poor Ralph simply fell apart at the seams.
See also: apart, fall

fall apart

Collapse, break down, either physically or mentally and emotionally. For example, This chair is about to fall apart, or After his wife died, he fell apart. For synonyms for the latter usage, see come apart at the seams; go to pieces.
See also: apart, fall

fall apart

v.
1. To disintegrate, collapse, or break into pieces: The rickety chair fell apart when I sat on it.
2. To suffer a nervous breakdown: The political prisoner fell apart after years in solitary confinement.
3. To lose structure or continuity: Our vacation plans fell apart because we couldn't agree on which country to visit.
See also: apart, fall
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"So for that I apologize, to Natalie, as well as the other people I wrote about in Then It Fell Apart without telling them beforehand."
When Things Fell Apart brings the state back to the center of discussion in the literature on political disorder.
``His opponent fell apart at the last moment on the Tyson card and we got Will McIntrye - that was a three-week replacement.
Fay Grew, 35, said: "My new swimsuit just fell apart - the elastic broke and it went all saggy.
The two nations never fought each other in a "hot war." But they competed for influence around the world--until the Soviet Union fell apart in December 1991.
When she didn't have her family, it all fell apart."
Branch explained that the great surge of the Christian left that was a major factor in the civil rights revolution fell apart and lost its steam over the issue of abortion, with most liberals becoming rabidly pro-choice.
The results were higher costs, deals that fell apart, lost revenues, anxiety, and disappointment for brokers, bankers and other parties involved in the transaction.
Early this year, most of Antarctica's Larsen B ice shelf fell apart during the region's warmest summer on record (SN: 3/30/02, p.
"I didn't look at other women, didn't mess about for nine years while I was married and it just fell apart. She was too young."
Doctors said the woman's life "fell apart" after she found she was pregnant with his child and decided to have an abortion.
Cartier had at least three other back up locations up and was ready to go in case negotiations fell apart. Fortunately, though it involved hard work and involved international travel, Garrick-Aug was able to keep Cartier at its present location.
But in the post-war era, that consensus fell apart. Declining religious observance and intermarriage left the majority of Jews with only a few vestiges of their Jewish identity--what Freedman calls "Seinfeld and a schmear." At the same time, a resurgent Orthodox movement was drawing strength and becoming increasingly strident about what makes a true Jew.