One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Break up, come apart, or disintegrate.‘their marriage is likely to fall apart’
fall to pieces, come to pieces, fall to bits, come to bits, come apart, come apart at the seamsView synonyms
- ‘Last time around, many expressways just fell apart, disintegrated after a few months.’
- ‘Monkfish is the heavyweight contender of the fish world, so strong it can easily be reheated a couple of times without falling apart.’
- ‘This begs for a slow cooked lamb stew where the meat falls apart on your spoon and the potatoes dissolve into a big, meaty broth.’
- ‘I lost a burger down the gap in the grill - the burgers weren't the best quality and fell apart very easily.’
- ‘The broccoli tended to fall apart and the snow peas overcooked too easily, so I left them out.’
- 1.1 (of a person) lose one's capacity to cope.‘Angie fell to pieces because she had lost everything’
break down, have a breakdown, go to pieces, fall to pieces, lose control, lose one's self-control, crumbleView synonyms
- ‘Though outwardly they maintained a facade of happiness, inwardly they began to fall apart.’
- ‘It is when we cannot manage life, when the level of stress outweighs mechanisms for coping with stress, that we fall apart.’
- ‘It wasn't just her eating disorder, she began to fall apart in other ways, which at first we thought were typical early teenage behavior.’
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