Meaning of “fall apart” in the English Dictionary

"fall apart" in British English

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fall apart

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

(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/

(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)