fall apart

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fall apart become separated into pieces or fragments "The figurine broke","The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
    • v fall apart break or fall apart into fragments "The cookies crumbled","The Sphinx is crumbling"
    • v fall apart go to pieces "The lawn mower finally broke","The gears wore out","The old chair finally fell apart completely"
    • v fall apart lose one's emotional or mental composure "She fell apart when her only child died"
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Breakdowns can create breakthroughs. Things fall apart so things can fall together.”
  • Elwyn Brooks White
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    “In middle life, the human back is spoiling for a technical knockout and will use the flimsiest excuse, even a sneeze, to fall apart.”
  • Bertolt Brecht
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    “People remain what they are even if their faces fall apart.”
  • Billy Wilder
    Billy Wilder
    “France is the country where the money falls apart and you can't tear the toilet paper.”
  • Billy Wilder
    Billy Wilder
    “France is a place where the money falls apart in your hands but you cannot tear the toilet paper.”

Usage

In literature:

Then the crystal castle of the dragon began to tremble as though it were about to fall apart.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
The Southern Railway's East Falls Church and West End stations are one mile apart.
"A Virginia Village" by Charles A. Stewart
It began to fall apart by its own sheer weight.
"The Winning of Popular Government" by Archibald Macmechan
The Chief wrenches them apart in perspiring silence, and we fall to.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
At maturity the drupes separate and the fruit falls apart.
"Philippine Mats" by Hugo H. Miller
He was just about to spring into the apartment and tear the paper from Jessie Bain's hands, when he saw her fall lifeless by the couch.
"Kidnapped at the Altar" by Laura Jean Libbey
At the railway-station he found a retired fisherman with a cab that threatened to fall apart if you looked at it too hard.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
I don't even know whether it won't fall apart, now he has gone.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
The guards spilled apart, falling and twisting.
"The Variable Man" by Philip K. Dick
They are so moth-eaten that they are likely to fall apart before you can get them outside.
"The Automobile Girls at Chicago" by Laura Dent Crane
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In poetry:

The shrinking ash may fall apart
And show a gleam that lingers yet.
A moment in your cooling heart
May shine a sparkle of regret.
"Winter" by John Le Gay Brereton
``I linger round dimpled throat and mouth,
Till her warm lips fall apart,
And with the breath of the scented south
Keep thawing her chaste cold heart.
"The Wind Speaks" by Alfred Austin
So quietly I seem to sit apart;
I think she does not know or guess at all,
How dear this certain hour to my old heart,
When in our quiet street the shadows fall.
"The Mother" by Theodosia Garrison
In the temple, veils will fall tomorrow,
We shall form a frightened group apart,
And the earth will shake-perhaps from sorrow
And from pity for my tortured heart.
"Mary Magdalene II" by Boris Pasternak
Oh, my brother fair to see!
Idol of my lonely heart,
Parting is a time of test,
Father, give him what is best,
Father keep him from the rest,
Bless him though we fall apart.
"Separation" by Nora Pembroke
Move on, white company, whom that has not sufficed!
Our viols cease, our wine is death, our roses fail:
Pray for our heedlessness, O dwellers with the Christ!
Though the world fall apart, surely ye shall prevail.
"Carthusians" by Ernest Christopher Dowson

In news:

2 Centennial falls apart in 3A volleyball championship against North Hagerstown .
Plan for Hen House on school site in Waldo falls apart.
The operator and manager of a Tulsa high-rise apartment building contend that parts of a woman's lawsuit linked to her husband's death in a fall through a window should be dismissed by statute.
For years it's been vacant, on the verge of falling apart.
But he says he's "probably going to be Garth and fall apart.".
Then your marriage falls apart.
Boone Pickens' OSU alumni life insurance policy gift falls apart.
But the administration was determined that the college had invested too much energy in its drive for integration to let it fall apart.
Chargers fall apart at New Hope.
Kay Bailey Hutchison is a conservative, but she understands that we've got to rebuild our infrastructure or we're going to fall apart and fall behind economically.
Developer proposes 331 apartments in Menomonee Falls.
Komets' defense falls apart late in Kalamazoo .
The Kansas City Star reports that the problem of concrete that's falling apart appears to affect several area streets and curbs.
The only D'Antoni loss without the Lakers falling apart for a quarter defensively was against the Pacers, but the single miscue that let.
Quebec is in the grip of a full-blown crisis over municipal corruption, its infrastructure is falling apart and its health system is nothing to boast about.
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In science:

While period is perhaps a more natural way to classify fabrics than order, it is now easy to fi nd all fabrics of a given period or order with no trial and error, only the elimination of fabrics of smaller (divisor) period or order and prefabrics that fall apart, both of which can be determined.
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
One can take care to avoid constructing prefabrics that fall apart, or one can construct all that there appear to be and reject those found to fall apart.
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
The falling apart of such prefabrics into two components is a species of halving.
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
Some clusters develop noticeable mass segregation while falling apart (or had it to begin with, Santos et al. 2005 on M11 at 250 Myr), others do not (Lutkin 2006 on the somewhat younger Pleiades).
Astrophysics in 2006
Such numbers, a-b-c, for fabrics refer to the catalogues of Gr¨unbaum and Shephard [1985; 1986]; a number a-b-c∗ refers to prefabrics that fall apart catalogued in [Hoskins and Thomas, 1991].
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
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