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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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They had been flying apart, but they huddled close to Peter now.
Being a NASA food scientist can be tricky a the team has had to address a range of challenges, from extending shelf lives by years to maximizing nutritional value and minimizing weight to keeping dishes from flying apart in microgravity.
The two nations are trying to find a way to update the North American Free Trade Agreement and prevent it from flying apart. The 1994 pact underpins $1.2 trillion in annual trade and its demise would be enormously damaging, say economists.
She was going to be okay and my help was next to nothing, just a smidge of the glue that keeps the world from flying apart. I didn't tell anyone about it, and wouldn't mention it except to say I was really busy that day with lots of important things to do but don't remember any of them now.
Energy is required to keep everything from flying apart like a dollar watch.
Those wanting even more velocity went to wildcats such as the .22-250 Ackley Improved, or versions of the .22-243 which pushed the limits of what lighter bullets would stand without flying apart in flight.
As Miller himself said: 'Given the 'cause' we can act, and thus keep ourselves from flying apart altogether.'
Reviving from these spells, she shares goosebump-inducing stories about strange, pale people in black, listening to music that sounds "like a huge grandfather clock flying apart while some maniac wallops it with a cello." At the same time, her sexuality awakens and her concept of the world changes.
Washington D.C, Jun 3 ( ANI ): Turns out, in the universe, everything is flying apart quite a bit quicker than previously believed.
Preventing this now deeply divided country from flying apart is going to require a markedly different and more inclusive style of politics in Mr Cameron's second term, in which devolution and possibly also electoral reform will be key.
Self-Reflexive Narcissistic Supernova suggests simultaneous movement inward and outward: flying apart into bits or drawing everything of interest or importance into its dense black hole.
August 1999 : IAF, which relied on Mi8s for VVIP travel sought replacements as the helos couldn't carry out night flying apart from throwing up several other constraints.
Not only is the universe still expanding after all these billions of years, but galaxies are flying apart faster and faster.
A team led by the University of California, Los Angeles, believes the asteroid, designated P/2013 P5, is rotating so much that its surface is flying apart. It's believed to be a fragment of a larger asteroid damaged in a collision 200 million years ago.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Cern sought to find out exactly what everything is made of and what stops us flying apart.