fall apart

World English Dictionary
fall apart
 
vb
1.  to break owing to long use or poor construction: the chassis is falling apart
2.  to become disorganized and ineffective: since you resigned, the office has fallen apart

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Idioms & Phrases

fall apart

Collapse, break down, either physically or mentally and emotionally. For example, This chair is about to fall apart, or After his wife died, he fell apart. For synonyms for the latter usage, see come apart at the seams; go to pieces.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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