fall apart

Meaning: If something falls apart, it breaks into pieces or parts start falling off.

Synonym: disintegrate (formal)

For example:

  • fall apart My old shoes are falling apart, so I'll have to get some new ones.

  • fall apart If the model plane falls apart, get some stronger glue and put it together again.

Quick Quiz:

You'll know that a book is falling apart if you can see

a. its pages coming loose

b. its sales aren't good

c. it's not well-written

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Contributor: Matt Errey