Meaning of “come apart” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “come apart” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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come apart

phrasal verb with come us /kʌm/ verb past tense came /keɪm/ , past participle come

(SEPARATE)

to separate into pieces:

The windows come apart for easy cleaning.

come apart

phrasal verb with come us /kʌm/ verb past tense came /keɪm/ , past participle come

(FAIL)

to be unsuccessful, or fail to produce the intended results:

The global economy is showing signs of coming apart.
His public life began to come apart early in 1987.

(Definition of “come apart” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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