fall apart - definition and synonyms

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

See also main entry: fall