come apart - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theycome apart
he/she/itcomes apart
present participlecoming apart
past tensecame apart
past participlecome apart
  1. 1
    if an object comes apart, it separates into pieces, either because it has been made that way or because it is very old or in very bad condition

    I picked up the book and it just came apart in my hands.

    The bed comes apart so you can store it when you don’t need it.

  2. 2
    come apart at the seams
    1. b.
      to start behaving in a very strange way because you cannot deal with what is happening to you
See also main entry: come