fall apart

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fall apart

  1. (intransitive) To disintegrate.
    My old briefcase is falling apart. I'll have to buy a new one.
    • 2011, Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France[1]:
      England's World Cup dreams fell apart under a French onslaught on a night when their shortcomings were brutally exposed at the quarter-final stage.
  2. (idiomatic) To be emotionally in crisis.
    As a result of being addicted to heroin, she was falling apart.