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go to pieces

1. To become very emotional. Poor Jane really went to pieces during the funeral service. I can't watch those sappy movies because I just go to pieces every time.
2. To deteriorate or go awry. Boy, this party has really gone to pieces. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
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go to pieces

 
1. Lit. [for something] to fall apart into many pieces. The vase—which had been repaired many times—just went to pieces when I put it down. When the window was hit by the ball, it went to pieces.
2. Fig. [for something] to become nonfunctional. His plan went to pieces. All her hopes and ideas went to pieces in that one meeting.
3. Fig. [for someone] to have a mental collapse. Poor Jane went to pieces after her divorce. Fred went to pieces during the trial.
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go to pieces

Experience an emotional or mental breakdown, as in When she heard of his death she went to pieces. [Late 1800s] For a synonym, see fall apart, def. 2.
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go to pieces

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1. If someone goes to pieces, they are so upset that they cannot control their emotions or deal with the things that they have to do. She's a strong woman, but she nearly went to pieces when Arnie died. Every time he's faced with a problem he goes to pieces. Note: You can also say that someone falls to pieces. He says he would have fallen to pieces without his faith.
2. If something such as your work or a relationship goes to pieces, it becomes very bad. My work is all going to pieces. She was one point away from victory when her game went to pieces.
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go to pieces

become so nervous or upset that you are unable to behave or perform normally.
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go (all) to ˈpieces

(informal) (after a terrible shock, etc.) become so upset or nervous that you can no longer lead your life normally: After he lost his job he just seemed to go to pieces. OPPOSITE: pull yourself together
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