fly apart

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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I know that I felt as though I was about to expand, to fly apart in all directions.
With a most wonderful rush he comes to the end of the tune, and flings up his hands and staggers back exhausted; and with a final shout of delight the dancers fly apart, reeling here and there, bringing up against the walls of the room.
In fact, it amazes me that all marriages don't fly apart by the baby's first birthday.
This is the force that makes the galaxies fly apart from each other, instead of being attracted to each other.
Sometimes we break and fly apart. But when we do, God scoops up the clumps of clay and works it back together and helps us start again.
More than two years after it handed researchers the Higgs boson - the particle thought to be the reason why everything has mass and does not fly apart - the LHC was closed down for crucial upgrade work but now the machine is ready to make scientific history for a second time.
only feeling them fly apart. Don't think, pros say,
"So if just gravity were holding this rubble pile together, as is generally assumed, it would fly apart. Therefore, interparticle cohesive forces must be holding it together."
Thus with each group aiming to grab as big a piece of the pie as they could, after all is said and done, there will be nothing left of Iraq, or no Iraq left which is the most disastrous outcome possible, telling of a narrative where Iraqis, refusing to transcend or override their differences, will opt to see their nation fly apart, thrown away like a broken toy.
Thus with each group aiming to grab as big a piece of the pie as they could, after all is said and done, there will be nothing left of Iraq, or no Iraq left -- which is the most disastrous outcome possible, telling of a narrative where Iraqis, refusing to transcend or override their differences, will opt to see their nation fly apart, thrown away like a broken toy.
A thin-jacketed bullet spun too fast may simply fly apart in flight.
Fly apart, worm, maggot and paste (Powerbait) are the only permitted baits, and while swimfeeders can be used, loose feeding is not allowed, nor are electronic bite alarms.
"Couples" form, fly apart and realign like planets in intersecting orbits in Heong Yong-ki's screwball comedy.