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go/fall to pieces

C2 If someone goes/falls to pieces, that person becomes unable to think clearly and control their emotions because of something unpleasant or difficult that they have experienced: She just goes (all) to pieces in exams. If a relationship, organization, or system goes/falls to pieces, it fails: Their marriage began to fall to pieces after only a few months.
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