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go/fall to pieces

C2 If someone goes/​falls to ​pieces, that ​personbecomesunable to ​thinkclearly and ​controltheiremotions because of something ​unpleasant or ​difficult that they have ​experienced: She just went (all) to ​pieces during ​finals. If a ​relationship, ​organization, or ​system goes/​falls to ​pieces, it ​fails: Their ​marriagebegan to ​fall to ​pieces after only a few ​months.
(Definition of go/fall to pieces from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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