fly apart

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fly apart

To break into pieces violently; to shatter. There are bits of wood everywhere because that rickety old chair flew apart the minute I put that heavy box on it.
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fly apart

to break apart, throwing pieces around. Don't run the engine too fast or it will fly apart! Mary's bicycle wheel flew apart during the race.
See also: apart, fly
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How his constant, immovable presence in my life has held me together when otherwise I'd have flown apart. I wish I'd given him credit for that.
There are some cracking tales from his own youth - the wonderful John Umpleby is a special song about two opposites that once attracted but have now flown apart, then again you can be lulled and lolled by consuming the bedtime gospel passage in Money.