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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyfall apart
he/she/itfalls apart
present participlefalling apart
past tensefell apart
past participlefallen apart

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  1. 1
    to break because of being old or badly made

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

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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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