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fall apart

Definition of fall apart

  1. 1 :  to break into parts in usually a sudden and unexpected way <The pie was falling apart as I tried to serve it.> —often used figuratively <I feel as if my family is falling apart.> —used in the phrase falling apart to mean in very bad condition <My old car is falling apart.> <The house was falling apart when we bought it.>

  2. 2 :  to become unable to live in a normal way because one is experiencing a lot of confusion or emotional pain <She began to fall apart when her son was imprisoned.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to descend freely by the force of gravity

    :  to hang freely

    :  to drop oneself to a lower position

  1. :  the act of falling by the force of gravity

    :  a falling out, off, or away :  dropping

    :  the season when leaves fall from trees :  autumn

  1. :  of, relating to, or suitable for autumn

  1. :  at a little distance

    :  away from one another in space or time

    :  as a separate unit :  independently

  1. :  separate, isolated

    :  holding different opinions :  divided

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a timid, meek, or unassertive person

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