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English definition of “fall apart”

fall apart

verb uk phrasal verb with fall   /fɔːl/ us    /fɑːl/ (fell, fallen)

(BREAK)

B2 to break into pieces: My poor old boots are falling apart.Tearing and breaking into pieces

(STOP WORKING)

B2 If an organization, system, or agreement falls apart, it fails or stops working effectively: The deal fell apart because of a lack of financing. Their marriage fell apart when she found out about her husband's affair.Failing and doing badly

(EMOTIONS)

informal to experience serious emotional problems that make you unable to think or act in the usual way: After his wife died, he began to fall apart.Mental and psychiatric disorders
(Definition of fall apart from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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