fall apart

fall apart
phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word forms "fall apart":
present tense I/you/we/they fall apart he/she/it falls apart present participle falling apart past tense fell apart past participle fallen apart
1) to break because of being old or badly made

I've read this book so often it's falling apart.

2) to lose control of your emotions and become unable to deal with a difficult situation

Some men would fall apart if their wives left them.

3) if something such as an organization, agreement, or relationship falls apart, it no longer continues

The NATO alliance was in danger of falling apart.

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