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fall to pieces

1. To physically break or fall apart. If we don't get the roof replaced soon, it could just fall to pieces on us.
2. To become very emotional. Poor Jane really fell to pieces during the funeral service. I can't watch those sappy movies because I just fall to pieces every time.
3. To deteriorate or go awry. Boy, this party has really fallen to pieces. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
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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.
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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.
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fall to pieces

1. To break apart; disintegrate or collapse.
2. To become distraught or lose one's ability to cope.
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I thought he'd had another stroke or had fallen out of bed, but when I found out what happened I fell to pieces."
DOES it make me a bad person that I laughed out loud when it all fell to pieces for the wannabe property developers?
"After we lost the first goal we fell to pieces. We're already sucked in at the bottom and unless we get a wee run going we'll be stuck there.
British number one Keothavong, another wildcard, took a set off experienced Bulgarian Magdalena Maleeva but gradually fell to pieces against her tenacious opponent and went out 5-7 6-1 6-1.
Glenn Maxwell was top scorer for the Aussies with just 23 as their batting line-up fell to pieces.
When doctors told Debbie she had terminal cancer, her wedding plans fell to pieces.
Veteran striker Trevor Benjamin sparked a late goal rush with a header past Joe Lewis and from there Morecambe fell to pieces.
The former European No.1's game fell to pieces on the back nine as the wind picked up and he limped home in 40, including a visit to the water on the 18th.
But the Robins fell to pieces in the final 20 minutes, and visiting substitute Martin Smith grabbed the leveller with just under 20 minutes to go.
JEFF QUINNEY had the FBR Open at his mercy on Sunday night - leading by two shots with just two holes to play - but the American rookie fell to pieces and burned the fingers of Betfair punters who steamed in at extremely short prices.
I fell to pieces when I heard I had won pounds 2,000.I don't know how I would react if I won the lottery."