fall apart Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"fall apart" in British English

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fall apart

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

fall apart (BREAK)

B2 to ​break into ​pieces: My ​pooroldboots are ​fallingapart.
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fall apart (STOP WORKING)

B2 If an ​organization, ​system, or ​agreementfallsapart, it ​fails or ​stopsworkingeffectively: The ​dealfellapart because of a ​lack of ​financing. Their ​marriagefellapart when she ​found out about her husband's ​affair.
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fall apart (EMOTIONS)

informal to ​experienceseriousemotionalproblems that make you ​unable to ​think or ​act in the ​usual way: After his ​wifedied, he ​began to ​fallapart.
(Definition of fall apart from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fall apart" in American English

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fall apart

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

fall apart (BREAK)

to ​break into ​separatepieces: Our ​furniture is ​fallingapart.

fall apart

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

fall apart (FAIL)

to ​failcompletely and be ​unable to ​continue in the ​usual way: The ​deal fell apart because of a ​lack of ​money. When his ​wifedied, 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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