come apart

phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word forms "come apart":
present tense I/you/we/they come apart he/she/it comes apart present participle coming apart past tense came apart past participle come apart
1) if an object comes apart, it separates into pieces, either because it has been made that way or because it is very old or in very bad condition

I picked up the book and it just came apart in my hands.

The bed comes apart so you can store it when you don't need it.

2) come apart at the seams
a) to fail completely, or to come to an end
b) to start behaving in a very strange way because you cannot deal with what is happening to you

English dictionary. 2014.

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