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.
See also: apart, fly
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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