fall apart
phrasal 1. disintegrate 2. to succumb to mental or emotional stress ; break down

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fall apart — (at the seams) be unable to cope or manage, come unglued    After his wife died, he fell apart. He lost interest in everything …   English idioms

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