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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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But someone had faith in him, Campbell having been backed at 250 on Betfair for the Order of Merit, a trade that now looks inspired after he kept his game together while Paul McGinley's went to pieces in the World Match Play final at Wentworth yesterday.
After Svensson weaved his magic Reading went to pieces and conceded a late third when keeper Sal Bibbo flapped horribly at a cross and David Hillier swooped.
WHEN Robbie Fowler was forced out of Liverpool by Gerard Houllier his head and his game went to pieces.
The Ascot-based pro went to pieces in the Spanish Open on his last outing, shooting a pair of 78s at the weekend to go 13 over par and plummet to 67th position.
1 Vijay Singh appeared to be walking on air for three days of last week's Mercedes Championship, but the Fijian went to pieces in the final round and may struggle to raise his game for this week's Sony Open, writes Steve Palmer.
They should have beaten Kent in the first game of the season but went to pieces with the ball.
But there was an amazing turnaround as Brewerton went to pieces - having gone out in 34 she came home in 44 to end with a 78.
When they really turned the taps on, his jumping went to pieces.
We panicked, our skills went to pieces, but we have still got a lot to play for.
David Eyres gave plucky Oldham hope with an equaliser just after half time, but substitute John Murphy grabbed back the lead and Oldham went to pieces, as Martin Bullock grabbed another and Walker completed his hat-trick.
As soon as he saw Open champion David Duval coming up fast in his rear-view mirror, Love's upper lip began to tremble and he went to pieces.
The game was there to be won, but we went to pieces.