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Verb: fall apart
  1. Lose one's emotional or mental composure
    "She fell apart when her only child died";
    - go to pieces, fall to pieces
  2. Go to pieces
    "The old chair finally fell apart completely";
    - break, wear, wear out, bust [informal]
  3. Break or fall apart into fragments
    "The cookies fell apart";
    - crumble
  4. Become separated into pieces or fragments
    "The freshly baked loaf fell apart";
    - break, separate, split up, come apart

Derived forms: falls apart, fell apart, fallen apart, falling apart

See also: fall

Type of: break down, change integrity, crumble, decay, dilapidate, disintegrate, lose it, snap