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fall apart

phrasal verb with fall uk   /fɔːl/  us   /fɑːl/ verb (fell, fallen)
  • (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.
(Definition of fall apart from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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fall apart

phrasal verb with fall  us   /fɔl/ verb (past tense fell  /fel/ , past participle fallen  /ˈfɔ·lən/ )
  • (BREAK)

fall apart

phrasal verb with fall  us   /fɔl/ verb (past tense fell  /fel/ , past participle fallen  /ˈfɔ·lən/ )
  • (FAIL)

to fail completely and be unable to continue in the usual way: The deal fell apart because of a lack of money. When his wife died, he fell apart (= was unable to continue with life in the usual way).
(Definition of fall apart from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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